Impendulo Foundation had students graduation party on Friday at Nelmapius, extension 2 community hall. Students attended their month entrepreneur and life skills course.
“This graduation was at a better level in terms of the learners. They were more committed, focused and stuck through it till the end which is a very important trait of an entrepreneur, stakeholder engagement- more stakeholders and partnerships came on board as a result resources to celebrate the achievement were not much of a challenge”, said Wendy Mpendulo, the founder. She added that the most exciting part about the course was the entrepreneural capabilities of the learners.
The event was organised by the students from beginning till the end. They have organized from décor to catering. The community leader, councillor, Mr T. Ntlaleng gave the organisation a great support and sponsored the event. Wendy said their support made their work much easier.
Students had to pitch their business ideas on the day of graduation and this time’s pitch was more about quality. Wendy mentioned that the learners are ready to take on the world and create sustainable jobs and they are looking forward to the learners enrolling for the Advanced Course of Leather Manufacturing and Mixed Farming so that they can acquire more tangible skills they can use and ensure that they run a sustainable business.
According to Wendy Mpendulo, it is a great achievement for the NPO especially during this GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week) and month. They are very happy to have contributed in poverty alleviation and job creation in our country. We are sure that Nellmapius will never remain the same ever. “I truly thank God for this wonderful opportunity to contribute to the divine fullfillment of humankind”, added Wendy.
During the occassion there were feedbacks from parents in attendance, appreciating the work of the foundation and ensuring that their kids are equiped and offered skills that parents would not normally afford to pay for. Also that they are kept away from loittering and involved in drug and criminal activities. “Impendulo classes have been fruitful, most of us never thought of working for ourselves but with a bit of help from Impendulo we have developed the entrepreneur skills and going to be our own bosses”, said Itumeleng Khoza, one of the students.
By: Fortunate Machaba