The Oyetu Project stirred much enthusiasm in Skoonheid as community members gathered to collect applications in preparation for selection of participants. The Oyetu Project offers a unique opportunity for participants: a comprehensive two-year training program designed to teach a valuable marketable craft and the necessary skills to launch a successful business.
Chief Langman rallied Skoonheid residents using text messaging to announce the introductory meeting. The next morning fifty people were organized and ready for the Oyetu presenters, Samuel Sheyanena and Laura Pond. Hopeful Skoonheid residents chose leather craft as the skill of greatest interest. Based in Omaheke cattle country, Skoonheid leather crafts will compliment other regional business endeavours, an excellent example of strategic development.
DRFN partners with the Oyetu Project, providing valuable communication and support. Through the coordinated efforts of Oyetu, DRFN, and Peace Corps Volunteers, business skills training will be provided through the Oyetu project and DRFN will offer expanded business skills training for other motivated residents interested in ownership and management of independent businesses.
Coordination of development strategies through multiple cooperating agencies is a great example of how collaboration makes valuable use of available resources for capacity building and self-sufficiency.
Some of the interested project participants gearing up for the registration process.