THE Mashi Tourism Hub at Kongola in the Caprivi Region was officially opened by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
In 1996 seven women came together with the help of the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) to sell their crafts. Today 325 people, of whom 306 are women, are selling their crafts at the Mashi Tourism Centre, generating more than N$250 000 for the communities in the conservancies.
The hub was constructed with the support from the World Bank through the ICEMA Project, the Strengthening Protected Areas Network Project from Spain and local conservation NGOs.
This tourism information centre will serve as a source of additional income for the conservancies and their members through the creation of casual and permanent employment, the exhibition of local culture and the sale of crafts. The centre will serve the whole tourism industry, as information to be given to tourists is not limited to the Caprivi Region.