Carpenter changing the face of his community

By Michael Uugwanga

SKILLS and talent are naturally gifted to some people and that is exactly how 35-year-old Havana-based carpenter Paulus Shilumbu can be described in few words.

Today he is the proud owner of Shilumbu Trading cc which is situated on Monte Christo Road off the popular three-way stop of Havana informal settlement in Windhoek.

Shilumbu might not yet be a well-known carpenter like those that have acquired carpentry skills from high learning institutions such as vocational training centres, his hard work has not gone unnoticed and continues to make a big difference in the community of Havana through his knowledge of carpentry despite not having undergone any tertiary education on the trade.

Shilumbu makes beds, television stands, cupboards, dining tables, wardrobes among other items, of which his regular customers for his products are students from University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and International University of Management (IUM).

He came to Windhoek in 2000 from Okalongo in the Omusati region; and having started his carpentry business in 2012, Shilumbu currently employs four workers.

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“Carpentry work is just something that I was born with from day one as my father was also a carpenter in the northern part of the country, meaning it is something in the blood.

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Besides making beds, tables, TV sets and wardrobes I also repair items made from wood.

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Most of my customers are from Havana,” he said.

Just like any business in the country, Covid-19 continues to have a negative impact on many if not all businesses regardless of their size.

Shilumbu thus said that if the government does not rescue small businesses, the economy will continue to shrink.

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“Government should just assist where it can. I also want the youth to come up with ideas as a way to grow our economy”.