By Uhuru Dempers Basic Income Grant Coalition of Namibia - Secretariat . Future of Basic Income Grant Project : World Social Forum, Dakar 2011 . Facts about Namibia: development challenges. Country with the highest levels of income inequality in the world (UN and World Bank).
By Uhuru Dempers
Basic Income Grant Coalition of Namibia - Secretariat
Some days we don’t have anything (to eat) and we just have to go and sleep and get up again without eating.
We are really hungry. (Emilia Garises)
When I started getting sick my boss asked me to go on unpaid sick leave till I got better. When I was put on ARV treatment I started getting better and I went back to my boss but he told me that he no longer wanted me to work for him…I and my child need to eat nutritional food because of our HIV status. (...) Some months we skip our monthly ARV treatment because we don’t have the transport money to travel to Gobabis.
My employer chased me away after I went to Windhoek with his permission to visit my sister who was sick.
All my children attended school but could not finished their school career because I could not afford to pay their school fees.
There is a problem of unemployment and we don’t have money to travel to Gobabis and Windhoek to look for work. I and my three children depend on my unemployed parents for food and accommodation. Sometimes I wish I was dead because I cannot stand this type of life anymore. I am supposed to provide and protect my children and parents but I am failing to do that. (Willemina Gawises)
In our house there is many people, we are 28 and at pay out we all contribute money for food. We give the money to granddad and grandmother and we sitting together and draw up a list of the things to buy and one of us have to travel with the train either to Windhoek or Gobabis to go buy the food in bulk. (Hermanus Coetzee)
Before the Basic Income Grant things were really bad and it was difficult to teach the children, now they concentrate more and they pay more attention in class. They are generally happy, because they have enough to eat at home now (Principal Primary School in Otjivero Ms. R. Jeremia)
“Generally the BIG has brought life to our place. Everyone can afford food and one does not see anymore people coming to beg for food as in the past”
Since we get the BIG I bought materials and I am making 3 dresses that I will sell. When I finish with this one (shows an almost completed dress), I will start with new ones. I sell a dress for N$ 150.
I also paid a deposit for new zinc sheets for my house. When you come again, you will see the changes. I have a lot of plans. (Emilia Garises)
After the introduction of the BIG I started my business. I bake traditional bread every day. I bake 100 rolls per day and sell each for N$1 (one dollar). I sell all the rolls in a day and a profit of about N$400 (four hundred dollars) per month. My business is good and I believe that it will grow. (...). I run it with the help of my children.
Because of my thankfulness and good experience with the BIG I expressed my thank you in those big letters as you can see on my house. (Frieda Nembwaya)