What an exciting life my dear readers. This week I realized that when people do not question your job tasks in a five-day working week, you are not pushing the envelope hard enough.
Criticism comes as a teacher for growth and development. Remember, repeating the same routine tasks for 25 years is not really work experience, but coming up with innovative ideas that inspires, drives, excites and moves others in less than two years could amount to a valuable learning experience for people.
This week: Green Entrepreneurship. What does it entail? Eben Nengola (Namibia) and Brian Sibanda (Zimbabwean) explain: Success is something that does not come easily, it has to be worked for, just like Thomas Ford once noted, "If you can't make something good at least make it look good."
The Maltas Club 2012 that originates from the University of Namibia did not only make it good but made it "great".
The Club embarked on a journey to the Erongo Region on an entrepreneurial journey to the Uis village.
A different way of living was witnessed, as there were few to no houses in possession of electricity as compared to the fast, live and bright lights of the City Life. The inhabitants were living in a different manner that the City likes to stereotype as the "Village People".
Most of the roads were not tarred, houses unpainted and the stores in the village looked as if they were going to drop down at any minute. We visited Pastor Swartbooi of the Uis village as we had come with the aim of introducing the Solar Stove Project that we were working on with grand sponsor, NatureFriend Safaris.
Eben Nengola and Brian Sibanda, the two main members of this project, set the place on fire with an eloquent and descriptive explanation of the group's task, objective and mission.
The project is basically about "going green", taking into consideration the value of nature as if focused on the reduction of deforestation.
The solar stove uses the heat from the sun to cook as compared to the firewood used by the people of the Uis. The pastor was astounded when he heard the idea and immediately alerted the people in the village, including his brother on our presence.
All the people present got to experience the work of the stove and what made this expedition worthwhile were the smiles and dedication that the students put in when explaining to the community what this stove (slow cooker is all about).
Everything seemed to be falling into place as the people seemed to be more than interested in what we were doing and what we were all about. The next in line on the schedule was the small Chinese shop where eggs were cooked for the people using the solar stove and many were amazed and interested in what the solar stove was, as this was a town which was behind and had little to no technology.
This expedition acted as a mechanism to wake up the people not to wait for anyone to do something for them but to take up arms themselves and do something, as most of them had no access to electricity.
Now that is the "true spirit" of entrepreneurship as we learned from the very first column of this series; according to Cantillon (1755).
The community appreciated the presentation we made, but since the sun was now setting there was not enough time to practically show the people in the village the way the stove works but they got the basic skills needed to use the solar cooker.
We got to get a small hint of the Damara tradition, culture and how they live as we were taken into the kraals where they kept their goats, sat down on the ground in a round shape and most of these acts were really fulfilling and humbled most of the team members.
Sunday morning we attended church where the pastor gave us something to take home and so did two Maltas members; Thabani Ncube and Mesha Beyonce Kaapona.
Brandberg is indeed a beautiful place as we got to see the mountains when we went hiking and the "White Lady" story was introduced to most of us.
This expedition was not mainly about selling the solar stove but also giving back to the community as Maltas and NatureFriend Safaris donated to the Petrus !Ganeb Secondary School one solar stove to use at the same time to act as an innovative mechanism to the school learners and learning more about sustainability.
Today we leave you with a question, "We Can, Can We?", this is for us to ponder on whether we are able to introduce an ideology ourselves or to wait and be spoon-fed. Next week we travel to the Far East Asian country of the "Maldives Islands" to learn and explore more.