In an effort to continue supporting sustainable social development, PPC Botswana collaborated with the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to build a sewing workshop for the women of ‘How To Us Investment’ organisation in Molepolole. The project, which took two years to complete, houses sewing machinery and products which they sell to the community. The workshop was constructed and fitted at the cost of P1.5 million with PPC contributing P850 000 over the period. The group of seven women who founded How To Us investments has for years been producing school uniforms and other garments for the Molepolole area. One of women, Keitumetse Puso said despite the challenges of running a social enterprise they were determined to persevere. “Our journey has been a long one, but with the help of the Ministry, LEA and PPC, we aim to grow even further by supplying to the rest of the country.”
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Molepolole, PPC General Manager, Tuelo Botlhole, said they aim to support sustainable development as part of their social responsibility. “As PPC Botswana we greatly support sustainable community development projects. We take pride in giving a helping hand to those with long term visions.” Botlhole further highlighted PPC’s commitment to community upliftment, “I have personally witnessed the determination and zeal they embody. It is for this reason that PPC Botswana found it fit to collaborate with the Ministry in developing this workshop.” Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Edwin Batshu applauded the women of ‘How To Us’ for their efforts in creating jobs for themselves. “These women have been supported by the Women Economic Empowerment fund through the department of Gender Affairs in collaboration with PPC Botswana, they have taken it upon themselves to create jobs.” Batshu said the project is a testament of self-resilience needed to overcome poverty and unemployment. “As part of the national development agenda, government intends to continue supporting the programs such as the Women’s fund at the Gender Affairs department in order to eradicate poverty. We are there grateful for companies such as PPC Botswana and call upon more in the private sector to do the same,” he said.