19 November 2012

Namibia: Laundry Room to Help Wash Away Homelessness

TWO young entrepreneurs have hit the Namibian market with a new concept called The Laundry Room, a business aimed at providing domestic services in a different way.

The company founded and headed by Jarno Pandeni and Jacob Kiyola is described as the first of its kind as they provide free pick-up and delivery in Windhoek.

The services are offered at a click of a button by SMSing or calling.

“We give a new meaning to doing laundry and dry-cleaning. Our people are equipped with love and washing detergents ready to spread the love with your clothes and help you and us share this love with the community of Namibia who needs it the most,” Pandeni said.

The duo last week launched their company in Windhoek at an event attended by the who's who of the Namibian business sector.

Among them was prominent business executive Sven Thieme, the executive chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, who endorsed company social responsibility concept called 'The Teddy Bear'.

To be a participant in this community initiative, all one needs to do is use the services of The Laundry Room.

“By doing so, one indirectly helps the homeless children of Namibia in shelters. While allowing their laundry and dry-cleaning to get professional care,” Pandeni said, the Laundry Room will donate a portion of its profit to children around the country.

“This has been a business as well as a personal goal of my late father John Pandeni. It was his passion to help the children of Namibia,” he said.

Pandeni is a son of the late politician Pandeni, a former Cabinet minister, who passed away in 2008.

“The dream will go on”, said Pandeni. “We want to build a strong brand in the laundry and dry-cleaning industry Africa-wide.

That is the dream. With our brand managers, it's possible”.

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