Katuka concludes year on high note
The Economist Businesswoman Club this week celebrated the successful completion of the Katuka Mentorship Programme for 2016 with a certificate ceremony and a last round of networking at Windhoek’s Nice Restaurant. Twenty eight participants were honoured for their commitment to this year’s programme.
Speaking at the ceremony Desèré Lundon-Muller, partner and Marketing Manager of Namibia Economist and the organiser of the Namibian Businesswoman Projects stated that Katuka is a mentorship programme launched by the late Lena Markus in July 2001. Her aim was to empower and encourage female entrepreneurs as well as business and professional women to achieve success in their careers through mentoring from other more experienced business and professional women. “It is a method of advancement which provides support and training through relationship building. It is about matching a mentee and mentor with a similar personal and professional interest in a process of support, sharing and learning to help entrepreneurs and businesswomen who want to start up a business venture, or want to improve the operations of an existing business. It is also for young women who are in the first steps of a career and want guidance to prosper on the corporate ladder and reach their full potential” Lundon-Muller explained. She expressed her appreciation to Telecom Namibia, Katuka’s main sponsor. “I want to thank Telecom Namibia for their profound commitment to the development of women in Namibia. The much-appreciated assistance which the women of Namibia have received has profoundly impacted on the emancipation of women and is one of the most effective ways to create a new generation of entrepreneurs and professionals and to stimulate economic growth in our country” she said.
Currently in its fifteenth year, the Katuka Mentorship Programme has produced significant results in the careers of the participating mentees. To date 295 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme. Twenty eight mentors and mentees have completed the programme for 2016 and were awarded certificates for their contribution and progress. More than twenty mentees have applied for the 2017 programme. For each mentee, an appropriate mentor needs to be identified.