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Beneficiary of the Week: Amanda Dinge
Amanda Dinge whose dream was to become an entrepreneur decided to enroll in the NYDA Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) training which took place in her hometown in Somerset East, through the Port Elizabeth branch.
During the training, she learned about other NYDA products and services that could assist her to grow her informal salon business, Ritha Louw Enterprise, that she had already started. She relied on customer referrals by word of mouth and barely made any profits. As such, Amanda could not grow her business.
After she completed the training, she decided to apply for the NYDA Grant Funding with the Port Elizabeth Branch and was approved to the value of R45 000 to buy stock and other necessities for the hair salon business.  With the NYDA financial assistance, she could grow her business and her client base and went on to become the main fibre hair distributor in the area.
“I am very grateful for the assistance that the NYDA has afforded me, the regular updates on my application status and the business advise I received has all helped to grow my business”, says Amanda Dinge.