TURNING discarded rubber tyres into thoughtful home décor has proved that endless possibilities exist for innovative people to turn their skills into a viable business.
A group of three young men in Ondangwa has taken the opportunity of making use of old car tyres, which usually end up on waste dumps and along the roadside, into beautiful furniture instead.
The three men make tables and chairs which can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Speaking to Informanté, Kaino Stefanus (23) said he is the youngest among the three, while the other two are 25 and 31 respectively.
Despite it being their first production, Stefanus said that they hope and dream to penetrate local markets and hope to create employment for other youths.
Stefanus stated that they produce the furniture at their workshop in the area of Omashaka after they decided to put their talents and skills to use by producing whatever their heads put on.
“We are becoming masters at repurposing old tyres and turning them into stylish furniture that fits the modern society,” he said.
Stefanus indicated that their business has been inspired by watching Africans movies and seeing what other African people are doing in the country.
He urges other youth not to always rely on the government when they have their talents which they can put to use and ensure that it does not go to waste.
Stefanus stated that there are a lot of endless opportunities they can do for themselves to ensure that they are not counted in the unemployed rate.
The three youths aim to expand to other parts of the country and ensure that they have a large supply network for all Namibians to have a taste of their products and for people to support the notion of buy local products.