Tailored for success

28 August 2019 | Local News

Annachletha Kudumo (32) is a tailor who operates from the Rundu open market.

She is determined to own her own workshop where she would like to train and employ fellow young people.

Annachletha said she will try by all means to achieve her goal of becoming a well-established tailor in Namibia.

Born and raised in Rundu, Annachletha said her upbringing was not an easy one, as she had to endure a number of challenges, which she managed to overcome.

Annachletha lives with her mother and her two children.

“I am breadwinner, which is why I have to work hard to take care of my family,” she said.

Annachletha said her passion for tailoring is something she inherited from her late grandfather, who was well-known tailor in Rundu during the 1980s.

She said although her grandfather passed on while she was a young girl, his work is what inspired her to develop a never-give-up attitude.

He also inspires her to always strive to make a success of her life.

Annachletha started her professional tailoring career in 2010 and said she does not regret her choice of career.

“I started this business in 2010 and I don't regret it. I achieved a lot during this time and I am looking forward to a better future. What I learnt is that if you do not work hard, it will be hard to even make a N$1,” she said.

Annachletha said her business is doing well, which means she is able to care for her family with the income she makes.

Annachletha said she has been operating at the Rundu open market for many years and looks forward to expanding her business.

She said the issue of youth unemployment in Kavango East is very bad, adding this is why she is thinking of ways of assisting those who cannot find formal employment.

“The reason why I cannot expand now is because I only have two machines and for you to have a workshop, you need more. Once I get the machines and a place to work from, I will achieve my goal and employ others,” she said.

She is pleading for support from Good Samaritans, who are willing to support her cause.

Annachletha said although operating at the open market has been good for her, she and other vendors have to endure challenges, such as bad weather conditions, because their work stations are in the open.

She said the August wind and rainy season are a big challenge for them, as they sometimes have to halt operations, amid fears that their equipment will be damaged.

Annachletha also used the opportunity to encourage fellow youth, more particularly the unemployed, saying that doing nothing to improve their lives should not be an option.

“I am encouraging fellow youth by saying that sitting at home will never solve your problems. Do something; there are a lot of business opportunities out there. It's all about working hard and being determined to succeed,” she said.

Apart from her tailoring business, Annachletha said she has a tuck shop at her home, which sell snacks to supplement her income.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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