Hileni Magano Natanael, a first year Financial Management student at The International University of Management (IUM) is the recipient of the bursary organised by The Economist Businesswomen Club. The Economist Businesswomen Bursary Fund was launched on the 25th of July 2003. The aim of the fund is to provide bursaries to deserving women to study at recognised business schools and to empower them to assume positions of responsibility in society. The criteria set to be eligible to receive the bursary is that the candidate must be female and a Namibian citizen and must comply with the requirements set by the institution at which she is studying.
The recipient of the bursary Ms Natanael is very happy that she got the bursary because she completed her Grade twelve in 2008 but she did not have the money to further her studies. But she was determined to study this year so she raised the funds for her tuition by working at a salon and also got contribution from her uncle. She advises the youth not to give up on their dreams because of lack of money but to persevere and dream big. She plans to work and be successful in life so that she can help her family and also help children who are orphans or in her same situation. Telecom Namibia announced a sponsorship of N$30 000 at The Economist Businesswomen Club’s first breakfast networking meeting in February. Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications at Telecom said that at Telecom, their belief regarding the empowerment of women is simple: “Stronger women make stronger communities.”