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Katuka Participants Begin Self-Empowerment Journey

Katuka Participants Begin Self-Empowerment Journey

Bank Windhoek is a genuine relationship bank, a conduit for young women and their dreams to deliver real value for Namibians and their future. This statement was shared by Bank Windhoek’s Head of Strategic Communication, Hayley Allen, on Wednesday, 7 February 2024, at the first training sessions of the 2024 Katuka Mentorship Programme hosted at the Capricorn Corner Building in Windhoek.


“The essence of what you are about to experience is au​thenticity. It is about building trust between mentor and mentee and understanding what each of you needs to move forward and make an impact as Namibian women in business,” she said.


Sponsored by Bank Windhoek for the past five years, the 2024 Katuka Mentorship Programme training sessions saw 22 mentors and 21 mentees embark on self-discovery and empowerment. Allen reminded the mentees that this is an opportunity for them to experience life-changing guidance from other women who selflessly gave back to their community and adding that she looks forward to hearing authentic stories of transformation and journeying together at the end of the Programme.


Five mentees, Maano Shimanda, Beauty Katjina, Elizabeth Mbidi, Esther Hatutale and Angeline Shaningwa, said they are excited to be part of the Programme and that they look forward to finding themselves growing their skills and enhancing their confidence. Shimanda is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Social Security Commission, Katjina is in the teaching profession at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church School, and Mbidi is Head of the Accounting Development Fund at the Social Security Commission. Hatutale is a Marketing and Events Practitioner at NamWater and Shaningwa is an estate agent at Yellow Square Properties.


All the young professionals, especially Mbidi and Shaningwa, agreed that the Katuka Mentorship programme is a platform that cheers Namibian young women to be their best. “I needed some spark and motivation in my career. I believe this platform will help me achieve this goal,” said Mbidi. Shaningwa said that she is grateful to be part of the programme, which will assist her in reaching sales targets within the competitive property market.


The organiser of the Economist Businesswoman Projects, Desere Lundon-Muller, said the Programme empowers and encourages business and professional women to achieve their goals. Lundon-Muller encouraged the participants to be flexible during the year, committed and in constant communication with each other. “Remember that you are the main actress in your life,” she said.


The Katuka Mentorship Programme has been running for the past 23 years. It has produced significant results in the careers of the participating mentees. Close to 500 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme. “Kudos to Bank Windhoek for creating a platform for young corporate businesswomen to grow their careers and personal lives. I cannot wait to share my experience and insights once we complete the Programme,” said Hatutale.


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