NAMIBIA – Namibia’s largest grain-processing company, Namib Mills has embarked on an initiative to give back to society through training players in informal businesses.

On October 2, the staple food maker offered training to Forty-four owners of informal businesses on how to bake fat cakes, marinate and braai Realgood chicken, and make a family meal from instant noodles.

Elizabeth Kiinge, Namib Mills informal market developer for all northern regions said that the initiative is a way for Namib Mills to give back to the nation because the company is going forward due to the nation’s support.

“We at Namib Mills innovate and support small and medium enterprises and make sure they do not lack any support in terms of training on how to prepare the food we produce,” she said.

The one-day training was held in Oshakati, Oshana region, and 41 females and three males took part.

Kiinge maintained that they also educate the trainees on how to run their businesses and how to manage and calculate profits.

In addition, the training encompasses the importance of hygiene in a business, how to maintain a business, and how to offer good customer service.

According to Kiinge, the training, which has attracted volumes of trainees is open to anyone interested in selling any of Namib Mills products in all 14 regions of the country, especially restaurant owners and kapana vendors.

“Due to the high demand, we give training five times a month in different northern regions. We want to take people out of poverty and meet the government halfway,” said Kiinge.

Those who took part in the training received a certificate and will be allowed to participate in a Namib Mills competition in November 2023.

This initiative adds to the Feeding the Nation movement by the grain-processing company.

In June, Namib Mills announced a price decrease on maize meal, instant maize porridge, and wheat flour by between 7 and 10% as commodity shock eases globally

During the announcement, the company said that it acknowledges that global food prices are set to provide relief to consumers for the year 2023, and Namibians will also benefit from the phenomenon.