Katuka recognises mentees and mentors
“In Katuka, we do not believe in weaknesses, we only believe in strengths” those were the words of encouragement given to the old and new mentees and mentors of the Katuka Mentorship Programme by its patron and MD of Namdeb, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi.
She was speaking at a function held on Wednesday to award the mentees and mentors with recognition certificates for their contribution, progress and successful completion of the mentorship programme for 2011 while introducing the new intakes for 2012.
Zaamwani-Kamwi encouraged former mentees who completed the programme to come back and plough back into the programme what they have learnt.
According to Desèré Lundon-Muller, chairperson of the Economist Namibian Businesswomen Project, the aim of the programme is to empower and encourage entrepreneurs, business and professional women to achieve success in their careers through mentorship by 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 similar personal and professional interest in a process of support, sharing and learning to help enterpreneurs/ businesswomen, who want to start up or successfully run or achieve success in their existing field of business and reach their full potential.”
Nineteen mentors and mentees completed the programme for this year bringing the number of entrepreneurs and businesswomen who have completed the programme to date to 194.
Speaking on behalf of the main sponsors, Telecom, Oiva Angula, senior manager: corporate communications and public relations at the company said, the Katuka Mentorship Programme is one of the most important projects being undertaken by the Namibia Businesswomen Project and Telecom is proud to be associated with programmes that empower women.
“Telecom is prepared to partner and to fulfil its part to ensure the success of this programme,” he said.
Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi and Desèré Lundon-Muller officially handed over the certificates to the successful candidates.