In an effort to reduce poverty and create more jobs in in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, a group of business entrepreneurs under the banner, Ganta Traders Incorporated has inaugurated a mineral water factory. This exercise, according to our correspondent, is the first component of the group’s investment.Inaugurating the Mineral Water Factory yesterday in Ganta City, the leader of the group said their dream is to build housing estates, export cars, and as well build a multi-purpose factory that will create more jobs for the residents.The group comprises about 47 business entities that began operation in 2004, and upon the formulation, they have desired to invest in tangible projects that will benefit the masses.In June 2010, the traders began the mineral water business by purchasing two lots of land and necessary equipment for the running of the factory, and because of some financial difficulties, the project stalled until last year December, when they received loan and completed the project. The factory is housed in a newly constructed modern building with all necessary water purification facilities, where the production room as well as the storage are well tiled, making the factory to be one of the best and biggest in Ganta. The opening ceremony gave the traders a great boost that compelled community residents to repose trust and confidence in its leadership.Even Nimba District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung, praised the entrepreneurs for their relentless effort in making their dream to come reality. He urged the residents to become hard workers, and stop relying on free things. Noting, “No country can develop without investment as nothing there is no [such thing as] free gift.”“We need to introduce the culture of hard work and the culture of investment so as to create jobs for the masses,” he added.The ceremony brought together several high profile individuals including some officials of Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sierra Anderson of Nome (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Sierra Anderson from Nome. Anderson is a junior in high school who hopes to study architecture after graduating.Listen nowANDERSON: It looks like a lot of fun to like design your own house that no one’s ever thought of before — just like build your own stuff.I thin it started when we built our own cabin out at at Nome. I’d kinda just sit there looking at my dad and my uncle cutting out the boards and putting it all together. It just seemed really cool to me. It’s like a huge puzzle, and when it comes out in the end it’s your own house or your own cabin.I have been outside the state twice: once in D.C. for a school trip and another time in Florida to see family. Their structure of building is a lot thinner in the Lower 48, because it’s hotter, but in Alaska we have to do outside wall, insulation, inside wall, so it’s a lot thicker walls up in Alaska. And smaller too, to conserve the heat. But down in D.C., there’a all these big, open buildings.When we went down to Washington D.C, there was a group of people who thought we had polar bears as pets, igloos as houses and stuff… We have an actual house. We have actual cars. We don’t always use dog sleds.So after work, after my parents’ work, we’d probably go out and berry pick. But one time we went on a berry picking trip and came back with a moose, so it’s kinda just like whatever happens, happens. We went out for salmon berries and came back with a moose, which is… it was funny.We can drive out and there’s a bridge we can go bridge-jumping off of. We can go and ride four-wheelers on the beach. In the winter, we can ride snowmachines and sled down the hill. So it’s kinda like, we’re isolated but we have a lot of activities ’cause we got used to it and we just use our surroundings, so it doesn’t feel so isolated.