Govt helps women to open bakery
A GROUP of women in a remote village of Masamane in the North West have been thrown a lifeline that will see them establish a proper bakery in the village.
For three years the 11 women have been baking bread, muffins and scones that are sold in Masamane and neighbouring villages.
Before selling cakes the women were not employed and the community used to wait for a bakery truck to deliver bread to their village Sometimes it did not come.
Most basic food stuffs were only obtainable from Mahikeng, which is about 114km away.
Last week the Department of Social Development, Women, Children and People with Disabilities in North West gave the women a startup capital of R760000. The money will be used to build a bakery, that will be the first phase of the project. In the second phase they will receive R1-million for training and buying equipment for the bakery.
The bakery is expected to create jobs and improve the livelihood of the people in the remote village.
One of the project members and founder Kegomoditswe Mosiapoa said she had long started baking muffins and selling them to local schools.
In future the women also want to sell dairy products.
The Ratlou local municipality has already provided land and fencing for the property in which the bakery will operate.
Department spokesman Petrus Siko said constant monitoring would be conducted to ensure that the bakery was a success. - firstname.lastname@example.org