is the founder of Nurturing Ground Community Mobilization Project since 2008. The passion behind this was the heart for humanity and the desire to see progress and change amoungst her local people and community by empowering them, equipping the, educating them through their talents and natural resources. She has been working in non profit management for over 15 years and a teacher for seven years. She also has 9 years of experience in sales and support. Taura received her Tertiary qualifications in Theology at NETS with Under Every Nation Leadership Institution in 2005. She continued to pursue her certification in Early Childhood Development in 2006 with KIDSZANA International in Windhoek, Namibia. Later on in 2010 she graduated from the YALI in Leadership and Management. On top of running her local Community Based Organization, she works part-time in immersive tourism engaging the international community. During her free time she loves working with children, organizing events, serving people and performing arts.
SME Curriculum and Development Manager
Esther has over 18 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur in several industries in northern Namibia. She is the founder and Director of Tutaleni Teacher Training Primary College since 2007. She has trained over 1,300 teachers in early childhood development and pre-primary education. In 2015, 9 NIED) National Institute for Educational Development registered and recognized her curriculum for junior primary school. Throughout her leadership at Tutaleni she has developed monitoring and evaluation indicators for her own organization curriculum and teachers performance. Mrs. Antanga was invited to be an editor for the “Curriculum Review” for the Ministry of Education, Oshana Region in 2015. Ms. Antanga has served on the NCCI leadership team from 2013 – 2018, one of the role she played was skilled based technical advisor for the Oshikoto Region. Recently , Ms. Antanga has started her own digital magazine for “Strong Namibian Woman who are not Celebrated” called S-ta lyalalekwa Magazine. The magazine currently has over 21,000 followers to date.
SME Business Manager
Mathias has over 7 years of experience as an young entrepreneur that have successfully opened 3 businesses in the Oshana and Oshikoto Region of Namibia. Mathias has become top facilitator for Afrisource in Entrepreneurship and Bookkeeping. Mathias Nepela is known throughout the community to be a leader in socio-economic development amongst the young adults in his community. The passion to to start an income-generating business developed while getting his education . Mr. Nepela completed his 2 year Associates at Namibia University of Science and Technology in Business Administration. Mathias enjoys developing marketing strategies and building partnerships. At the age of 15, Mr. Nepela started working as an part-time administrator with Lukeli Creation in Ondangwa, Namibia. In 2013, Mr. Nepela joined AIESEC Namibia as a communication officer in which he was later elected as a local committee President of AIESEC Polytech, a branch of AIESEC Namibia. In 2014, he received a certificate of completion as AIESEC Trainer of Trainers. In 2014, he worked as a contractor for the Electoral Commission of Namibia, he held several positions such as presiding officer, supervisor, kit operator and driver. In 2015, he was hired as a Manager at Koonyaka Guest House situated in Ongwediva, Namibia. In 2017 , Mathias became the Assistant Manager of Ondangwa Airport Lodge and in 2018 moved from the hospitality industry into the mines and energy industry, where he became a supervisor at Ongha Total Service Station. Later on in the year he was requested to support Oshakati Service Station as Forecourt Supervisor until September 2020. Mr. Nepela enjoys raising his family, networking with local businesses and organizing market events.
Since 2013 Panduleni Hailundu has become an local farmer and advocate/educator for organic farm training in the Oshana Region. Mr. Panduleni Hailundi has trained more than 300 smallholder farmers in Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto Regions. Is the founder of HAIWO Trading CC which is advocate for performing arts and organic farming empowerment strategies in Nambia since 2013. Mr. Hailundu has 10 years in qualitative research and over 20 years of experience in community development locally and internationally. He has worked has an consultant for local and international NGO’s such as UNESCO, University of John Hopkins, Childline Lifeline, National Theaters of Namibia, YWCA, Red Cross and others.
Aquila Ledbetter is the founder of the Afrisource Innovation Center. Ms. Ledbetter has been working with distressed communities for over 20 years. Ms. Ledbetter has a professional background in teaching, community mobilization, Performing Arts, and Information Communication Technology. Ms. Ledbetter has worked with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, governments, and mentorships that advocate for youth development and information technology such as The Salvation Army, US Peace Corps Namibia, Office of Chief Technology, DC Public Schools, and the Fannie Mae Foundation. For over 10+ years Aquila has been recognized for her grassroots efforts by a wide range of media locally and internationally such as the Washington Post Magazine, The Washingtonian, WAMU Radio, Priority (The Salvation Army), the Namibian Newspaper, The New Era, and recently Shipifm Radio in Northern Namibia. The common message found in all articles written about Ms. Ledbetter is her passion for the youth and economic empowerment. Ms. Ledbetter received her Bachelor’s of Science in 2003 (Psychology) from the University of the District of Columbia. While attending school and afterward she has completed several Industry-standard certifications in MCSE, Security+, and Project Management. Currently, Ms. Ledbetter is a 2017 MA Candidate in International Policy and Management: Sustainable Development at World Learning, SIT Graduate Institute in Washington DC. She has successfully completed her economic development internship for Namibia’s Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. Ms. Ledbetter enjoys bringing people together, poetry, playing the alto horn, and being a mom.