By Hilary Mare
ENTERING the coastal town of Swakopmund from the North as a teenager in 1989, Moses Helao had dropped out of school in grade 9 and sought to take on the world. Landing jobs that paid him as less as N$100 in his early working career he later as uneducated as he was, landed a cleaning job where he settled for many years. Rooted in his role as a cleaner, his former boss sent him for further studies and over the years Helao grew into the role of supervisor.
With a slight turn in fortunes on the horizon, Karakulia Weaver CC was declared bankrupt throwing him a lifeline. Inspired to change the situation Helao took over the defunct company and with the help of loans from the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), cleared debt, got the company on good standing and with N$150 in the bank, set the company on a new path.
Today, Karakulia Weaver CC, is one of the biggest exporters of carpets, rugs and wall hangings exporting to many countries in Europe which makes up to 85 percent of its market. With success written all over him, Helao has won numerous SME Awards with his latest scoop being the NCCI most progressive SME award last month.
In a brief interview with Confidente, Helao revealed his secret to overcoming the odds and becoming a highly reputable entrepreneur.
“As a family man you have to find a way to feed your family, to create a job opportunity in the community, and also to show fellow Namibians that you don’t have to come from a rich family to achieve your goals or run a business, but it is about the handling of your God-given talents and also the opportunities that come your way.
“Be somebody with a mission, wake up and light up your candle, always looking ahead. Believe in yourself, don’t lose your faith, knock on doors for help and ideas, don’t sit in the corner and cry rather count your blessings, then you will be any kind of entrepreneur you wish to be,” said Helao.
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