Caption: Director of Tourism Sebulon Chicalu, Fredina Trading Cc Owner Paulina Nangula Alfeus, Nampro Fund Managing Director Kauna Ndilula, and Nampro Fund Chairperson Jacobus du Toit during the handing over ceremony
NamPro Fund handed over a cheque of N$5000. 00 to Fredina Trading Cc owned by Pauline Nangula Alfeus, the winner of the best pitch from Namibia during the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit &Challenge which was held in in Windhoek recently.
Alfeus, born and raised in Oniipa Oshikoto Region but currently residing in Walvisbay Erongo region has a Diploma in Boiler making from the Namibian Institute of Mining Technology (NIMT).
She said during the price handing over ceremony in Windhoek that the high level of unemployment and the lack of creativity and Namibian made products were the main reason that made her follow her passion of creativity immediately after she completed her vocational training in 2017.
"I have been on the idea trail and also on partnership with other people, but only managed to officially register my project with Business and Intellectually Property Agency (BIPA) in November 2021."
She noted that the biggest challenge they are facing currently is finding workshop space as they are operating from her garage.
Fredina Trading Cc is a manufacturing company that specializes in up-cycling scrap material to make furniture & other household products. All the material they use is locally sourced i.e. oil barrels with additional materials such as cushions, foam & leather.
"The reason we use oil barrels is to reduce cutting down of trees & reduce the oil pollution that is otherwise caused by the waste oil barrels. So far we've produced chairs, couches, tables & cribs that we've catered to hospitality places such lodges, bars, hotels, parks & individual clients. Our biggest clients & target market is individual persons and SMEs."
"We were impressed by Paulina's creativity, ambition, and dedication," says Koos Du Toit, Chairman of the board. "She was able to rethink, repurpose and recycle. She has already made great strides in raising awareness for sustainable living among Namibians, and we believe she has tremendous potential for growth."
The Africa Youth I Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge is hosted by Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO and BDO.
The completion invites and welcome innovative ideas and solutions that goes beyond technology but are travel, tourism and MICE related projects for review and adjudication by permanent panel of industry leaders. Through the summit and other media platforms, top 5 finalist of the African Youth I Tourism Innovation Challenge are introduced to industry leaders and potent funders and/or partnership.