New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Sandra Thrives With Restaurant

Sandra Katjiuangua refused to be a receiver of handouts and ten years ago decided to make things happen for herself by baking bread at home.

Ten years later she decided to take her business to another level, by opening a quick service restaurant at the Soweto Market.

Katjiuangua pays a modest rental fee of N$700 per month for the stall, excluding electricity.

The restaurant sells a variety of homemade foods, such as porridge served with meat, macaroni and rice with meat, salads, traditional bread, as well as soft drinks.

Besides selling food, Katjiuangua also offers catering services through her company Sandra Catering Services. She currently provides catering services to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Katjiuangua has five permanent employees and two casual workers. The eatery owner says the restaurant faces challenges such as limited space, because the number of customers keeps increasing.

"The place has become too small to accommodate customers as well as for food preparation, therefore I'm now preparing some of the food at home," said Katjiuangua.

Although the business is doing quite well, Katjiuangua fusses, saying her electricity bill is too high. She is also unhappy over the fact that the government only gives tenders to big companies, excluding the small ones like hers.

Katjiuangua encourages young people to help themselves instead of relying on the government to give them jobs.

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