Born in Chavuma – Zambezi some 76 years ago I had my early education at mission schools in Chavuma and Chitokoloki and Mukinge Girls School. I obtained my T4 Teachers Certificate from Chipembi Girls Secondary School; I am a teacher by profession. I joined UNIP in 1962 and became Freedom Fighter. When I met Dr Kenneth Kaunda who later became the first Republican President, I saw Zambia being born. I later became member of the UNIP’s Women’s League and rose to be in charge of women empowerment. I held several positions in the party committees, including my appointments as member of Central Committee in charge of Eastern Province and Chairperson in charge of Youth and Sport Subcommittee of the Central Committee in 1983 and 1986 respectively.
My entrepreneurial spirit was ignited with my participation in Future Search Workshop in 1998. Future Search was located at NIPA at that time. This is where it all began the critical shift of turning vision into action started. My participation in the workshop showed me an alternative way of contributing to the socio-economic development of Zambia outside of the Civil Service. I saw and still see Future Search as an instrument of discovery and change, a process to which one should get close and don’t let it go until you reach the goal. The understanding and appreciation of the Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies (PECs) is vitally important. Fortunately my rich educationalbackground coupled with the discipline, morality and honestyinculcated in us throughout my life helped me to grasp the PECs quickly and have remained part of my thinking since then.
Before I went to Future Search I used to supply scones and fritters to various entities in Lusaka. One day I said to myself “let me go to Future Search in order to gain knowledge and see what I could do on my own”. After the training with Future Search, I came up with a storage project for women vendors. Later, container and cold room projects were added. These project ideas became so popular that everybody was doing them. In effect, my idea was “stolen” but I did not give up. I went into timber business and supply of fresh fish. I used to supply mukwa doors. Business was good, but at some point I could not cope with the increasing demand in terms of labour and investment.
Not wanting to bother my children who could give financial assistance to sustain the business, I quickly branched into farm business at my own land in Lusaka West where I started with vegetable growing and supplying to the market. Fish pond, piggery and poultry were added to the business. Extreme weather conditions led to the closure of the piggery but the vegetable growing and the poultry have remained as my core business in spite of water problems in Lusaka West.Meanwhile, I have installed a bore hole on the farm with financial support from my children and a loan from micro bank. Sadly, my husband passed on five years ago so I have had to handle everything myself. I have employed two workers on the farm.