Kostodius Malasa

Growing up in poverty and hunger and as the main person responsible for the education and future of my 6 siblings, I looked for work all over Namibia. Poorly paid temporary jobs are hardly available and it is almost impossible to find a permanent job without a transaction. So after my apprenticeship as a welder I started to build my small welding business.

My wish to start a business in Andara and to secure our future together with young people is my motivation to work hard on my dream. I am aware of my role model function for the youth in the village and that is why I train young, motivated people in my workshop. Together we strengthen our region and manufacture homemade, self-made products. Through meaningful work we shape our everyday life and can support our families with our earnings.


Patrizia Bevilacqua

I grew up binationally in Switzerland and had access to education and everything that belongs to our standard of living, I lacked nothing. Already in my early years it was my desire to help other people and to share my knowledge. 

My profession as a nurse enables me to realize this wish in many different ways. When I received an offer to help in Namibia, my three children encouraged me to take this opportunity and so I travelled to Africa.

After my assignment in the Catholic hospital of Andara I could not return to my normal everyday life. I realized that the living situation of the local population would only change if the migration of young people to the big city could be stopped by offering them enough work, income and food.

The selfless, helpful and calm nature of Kostodius Malasa and his unbending will to believe in his future, to work for the youth of the region of Andara and to work hard on his dream convinced me to support, advise and accompany Kostodius Malasa in his project.