Founded by Elifas Ileka, ES Joinery has been operating from the Bokamoso Entrepreneurial Centre since 2013, and has since been growing in strides.
Having founded his company nearly ten years ago from his home Ileka has managed to build a name and reputation for his company, which is associated with magnificent work and great craftsmanship.
The biggest challenge he faced while working from home was the lack of customers as people had no way of knowing what his business was all about.
“At home my gate was always locked and no one knew what I was doing, unlike here were customers can walk by see what I’m doing and come request my services. At my house I was fear that criminals would break in and steal my products,” said Ileka.
With a set of products ranging from designing cupboards, tables and kitchen counters, Ileka finds most of his customers in the real estate boom that has seen many people venture into the real estate market.
Like many other SME’s Ileka faces the challenge of not always being able to deliver the final products on time due to a lack of machinery, despite having applied for numerous government grants.
“I have applied to get government assistance but every time I go to their offices they tell me I should wait for them to advertise, I have been there twice but every time I am told to wait,” said Ileka.
Being able to not only bring his designs to life but also the designs of his customers has worked in Ileka’s favour, giving his business much needed diversity.
“We make smaller cupboards here at the factory and transport them to the customer but in cases where the design is big we make the needed pieces at the workshop, but we assemble the final product at the customer’s residence,” said Ileka.
Operating from stall 19 A at the Bokamoso Entreperneurial Centre in Hans Dietrich Street in the Katutura residential area of Windhoek, situated right in front of the centres gate his workshop is hard to miss giving him the advantage of gaining a wide range of customers.