A group of Ju/hoan Men in the Tsumkwe East were sponsored by an NGO and provided with leather and some equipment to start their own business of shoemaking, by which they will be making a living. Before getting all the materials, they were trained on how to run the business and how to make the shoes.
In the background of the picture below, you can see the sandals against the wall ready to be sold, and the pair the young man is carrying shows how their soles look.
The photograph below shows one of the men sewing some leather with the sewing machine.
In the picture below it shows the sandals that they are making using their own cultural designs. So if you want a pair they measure your feet and then make you the design you want, and when they are done making them you pay a certain amount of money before you take them.
My name is Nǂaisa Ghauz from Namibia. I live in a small village called Tsumkwe in the North-Eastern parts of Namibia, Iam a San lady, iam from a San group called Ju,/’hoansi. I work as a Administrative officer and as an Assistant Librarian at the Tsumkwe Community Library. I am 26 years of age, I have five siblings of which I am the first born and being the first born have taught me one thing which is to be responsible and to be a role model to my siblings and not only to my siblings, but to the society within my community at large because I am one those few people that has completed school in my community. In the future iam welling to be more productive educational and economic wise in order to motivate my fellow San people especially the youth because we can not be marginalized forever. I am one of the satellite pioneers representing Tsumkwe once again thank you ǃkwattu for that opportunity.