Maltahöhe Village Laundry Project - creating jobs in an impoverished community

The Community Revitalization Project in Maltahöhe aims to leave a lasting legacy of community upliftment in the Namibian village. By creating a Village Laundry to reduce the use of natural resources and energy in Wolwedans – the project also creates much-needed jobs in an otherwise impoverished community. The Maltahöhe Village Laundry Project will be implemented in three phases:

Phase 1: A village laundry project focusing on female employment on a flexible hours basis, providing jobs to women instead of using large industrial laundry equipment that requires minimal human capital.

Phase 2: A natural wastewater treatment plant providing safe, non-potable water of such quality that it can be used for agriculture

Phase 3: A self-sustaining village garden and orchid project where fresh, safe, stem-based vegetables are cultivated, while transferring gardening skills to the local disadvantaged community; teaching them how to build and maintain their own gardens.

One of the major spin-offs of the project is to further promote conservation interests of the NamibRand Nature Reserve by reducing the use of natural resources and energy on site. Notably 70.000 cubic liters of borehole water per month from within the Pro-Namib desert would be saved. In the same vein the amount of energy required to pump that water from a depth of 150 meters and the substantial amount of energy used to operate current laundry equipment at Wolwedans village will be significantly reduced. 

Wolwedans will become the primary client of the village laundry project at Maltahöhe, as the town is situated en-route of Wolwedans’ twice weekly supply route.

Furthermore the Village laundry will be committed to social upliftment of the local community and the implementation of the 4C’s:

Community: The provision of employment and other economic opportunities to local community members, especially the Nama people. At the same time the local community will be educated on how they too can become more self- sustainable. 

Commerce: The not- for- profit Village laundry will hopefully also service other local businesses (especially tourism based operations in the area) thus lowering the transport costs of getting their linen done in the capital city approx. 400 km away. Ultimately profits will be channeled into organic vegetable production, generating even more jobs for local community members. Additionally the production of local fresh produce decreases the need for all local food vendors to source and transport fresh products over the same distance.

Conservation: The efficient use and recycling of natural resources (mainly water); The sole use of environmentally safe laundry detergents and the most eco- friendly laundry equipment available in Namibia.

Culture: By generating economic revival within the community, jobs will be created whereby this project will contribute in strengthening social fabric as the base for a healthy society and local culture.

We want our team and Namibians as a whole to enjoy improved livelihoods and practice sustainable lifestyles. We commit ourselves to this goal by prioritizing human resource development, social upliftment, the sharing of economic opportunities and the encouragement of others to build a better tomorrow. Future projects include a housing scheme for staff, further educational facilities such as an Artisan School and the micro financing of SME's on a larger scale.