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Zimbabwean Entrepreneur Comes 3rd At Africa’s Business Heroes Competition 2020

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Starting from selling cakes in salons, Ethel Chiwara went on to eventually found Moneymart Finance, a microfinance startup that recently came out second at Africa’s Business Heroes competition and walked away with prize money of US$ 150 000. Money mart currently has branches in some cities across the country which include Harare, Mutare, and Bindura.

Moneymart was born out of her talking to women and understanding their desires and then started to give out people small loans. Moneymart Finance is a Zimbabwean registered Microfinance institution that understands the needs of informal businesses and is creating wealth and changing lives. It is also contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 1,5,7 and 8 dedicated to fighting poverty, financial exclusion, and energy exclusion. Moneymart Finance is also a proud holder of these awards:

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ZAMFI National Microfinance Excellence Awards 2018

1. Runner-Up: Most Women Friendly MFI
2. Runner Up: Fastest and Sustainable Growing MFI

The top three winners were selected from over 22,000 applicants and after several rounds of interviews, pitches & due diligence. African Business Heroes is a philanthropic project of the Jack Ma Foundation, which annually awards 10 African entrepreneurs with a shared $1.5M grant and tells their stories to the world. African Business Heroes is on a mission to strengthen the African entrepreneur ecosystem by identifying, telling the stories of, training, and awarding grant-funding to 100 Africa’s Business Heroes across Africa over the next 10 years.

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JUDGING PROCESS

Round 1:
An online application and review process to determine our Top 50 Finalists.
Each application will be reviewed by two judges.

Round 2: Judges Video Call Interviews

Video-Call interviews with established business leaders who determine our Top 20 Finalists.

Semi-Finale Pitches

In-person pitches with a distinguished and experienced panel of investors, business leaders and professionals to determine our top 10 finalists.

Due diligence

The shortlisted top 10 finalists will need to pass due diligence checks by our partner: Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in order to be confirmed as ANPI 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes and to have their chance to pitch at Africa’s Business Heroes Show.

SUCCESS STORIES

Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours

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By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.

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I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.

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Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.


“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ

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Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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21 Nelson Mandela Timeless Powerful Quotes

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Nelson Mandela was the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and he was a globally respected leader, philanthropist, and politician who was also famous for his quotes and inspiring speeches. Nelson Mandela is regarded as one of the best world leaders and his quotes that span from education, leadership, social justice, and inequality continue to be recited, used, and cherished even many years past his death.

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, and died on December 5, 2013. Mandela immersed himself in official talks to end white minority rule and in 1991 was elected ANC President to replace his ailing friend, Oliver Tambo. In 1993 he and President FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize and on 27 April 1994, he voted for the first time in his life after having spent served 27 years in prison, split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison.

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“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“Difficulties break some men but make others.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in the future as future leaders.”

“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?”

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

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Rags To Riches: An Interview With The Herd Boy

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In our first series of the Motimagz: ‘African Great Series’ Nyasha Kaonde (NK), an entrepreneur, author, and personal development coach joins one of the leading entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists, Barnabas Marambire (BM) whose story is one of the rags to riches one. This was an on-call interview which was later transcribed into text for publication in this edition and the audio interview can be listened to and downloaded on our YouTube Channel http://youtu.be/4reebZDFGWw
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NK: Joining us today is a business tycoon, CEO of Barmlo Investments, Motivational Speaker, Author of the recently published and best-selling book, ‘The Herdboy’. Wel-come Mr. Marambire.

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BM: Thank you Nyasha for having me.

NK: It’s a pleasure to have you, Sir. Can you please tell us who is Barnabas Marambi-re?

BM: Barnabas Marambire is a young man, I do not know if I should say a young man or maybe a middle-aged man, who is so passionate about business. I am a family man married with three boys and I am someone with is into entrepreneurship and I love giving back to my community, particularly the underprivileged where I participate a lot in paying tuition and school fees for the underprivileged

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Barnabas, Wife and their 3 boys

NK: Wow, quite a loaded profile there. Now let us talk about your book, ‘The Herdboy’ What inspired you to write the book.

BM: What inspired me to write the book is my life, I always tell people that my life is a living testimony. I am some who was in a very difficult poor situation, growing as an orphan, without parents, without anyone to take care of me. I could further my studies because I only went as far as form four, life was not easy. So each time I look back where I came from and where I am now as a businessman, running five businesses be-cause Barmlow Investments is a group company, employing over 500 employees around Zimbabwe.

I have participated in various platforms, I looked at it and said, but people do not know what is beyond all this success, so I decided to write a story, but my story in a book. It’s a true story that is full of events that had happened, in my life. When I have people reading the book, they are going to be motivated, especially those that are also struggling with their lives, are going to look at me and say if this guy a herd boy is now a CEO, so what can stop me. So that was my most… and writ-ing of the book.

NK: Wow, let us talk about you being an or- early age, can you tell us more about your journey as a herd boy. How was it like?

BM: Actually the most fascinating about be-ing a herd boy, you know that one of the most degrading just and when people have employees like the herdboy in their homes, you are always treated like nothing. When it is raining outside there, you are the one they send to get anything when all the don-key works need to be done, you are the one they give all those tasks to yet your wage is very little, I was earning as close to $15, that is how I started saving until I raised enough capital to register a company even though along the way I got involved in construction working as an assistant in brick and mortar.

Do you know growing up as an orphan was very difficult, there are days I could go to bed without anything? I could go to school without proper uniform like other kids, without proper shoes, imagine in days like winter, just to wrap up the journey was not easy.


NK: Painful story it easy, are they any challenges you faced along the way, especially in establishing your business because I know that it is not easy just to say you want to start a business especially with how your business is expanding beyond borders. Can you tell us the challenges you faced along the way?


BM: There are so many challenges, but because of time I will just select a few. The obvious challenge was starting capital, you know from my background, obviously how I grew up was not anything fancy, so there is nowhere I could borrow money from anyone and so obviously starting without money or very little capital was very difficult and a had to hire vehicles from other people and those I hired from ended up taking the big-ger portion of my profit because I didn’t have a choice, I could not choose. Secondly, recognition, you go and approach people with an idea, they look at you and you are a nobody and no one will listen to you.

There is a challenge of employing and recruiting people, you need people to work with in order to succeed as a company but you do not have money or capital and people will not take you seriously. So the challenges were so many and I had to navigate and find my way through and one thing that helped me to go was self-conviction. I had told myself that one day I am going to be someone, and even when I was a herd boy, herding cattle on the farm.

We would sit down just chatting as boys, when people would talk of soccer, who’s the richest man in town, each time they gave me an opportunity to speak I would talk of how I would tell them that one day I am going to start my company, hire so many people, buy so many cars and you are going to see me on Tv and I remember one guy teased me saying that, if you are going to be on TV, you would be on wanted criminal because there is no way you can be successful considering your lifestyle as a herd boy.


NK: Wow, that’s powerful and we are really inspired by you. Let’s drawback, we would like to know what was the turning point that transformed the herd boy into an entrepreneur, what was the turning point?


BM: The turning point was when I got a job to work in more like a town, to a place which was more like a town and was hired in the construction industry and I worked very well with those who hired me and later they decided to part because they were two partners because the other partner was transferred to another town and they wanted to close the company. I offered to buy the company and continue doing the work, instead, they rented me the place, that is where I started and one step at a time until I was able to hire other people but I was actually doing the donkey work, like the practical work in the construction industry.

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NK: Wow, indeed a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Mr. Marambi-re can you share the secrets you have used to be where you are today, which people going through the same phase you went through especially those who are aspiring to be entrepreneurs.


BM: Actually what I can say or share with them is that if you want something, it is your responsibility, it is your call to make it happen. I see a lot in these upcoming entrepreneurs or startups with the mentality of the thinking that it is the government’s duty to do something for them or a certain established person who is to help, I would say it doesn’t work like that in the corporate world.

You need be your own master, you need to work hard, sweat, do everything by yourself, if it will ever happen that you will get assistance, don’t wait for it, idling hop-ing that one day a miracle will happen otherwise you will stay for the rest of your life waiting for that miracle.


NK: Wow, powerful there. Indeed we do not have to wait for opportunities and indeed we have to be masters of our own lives because the government will not create opportunities for us because they do not know what our dream is. Mr. Marambire can you please tell us, if someone was to read a chapter of your book, which one would you prefer to and why?


BM: The chapters of the book are so intact, all of them are so important because if you start from Chapter 1 it talks about how I lost my parents, what I went through as a young boy, and then chapter 3. Would you allow me to pick two chapters, I would recommend chapter 3 and 6.


NK: Why would you want someone to read Chapters 3 and 6?


BM: In Chapter 3, that is where it talks about the more of the hustling, a little bit of turn around of the herd boy in the construction industry, and the importance of transformation into a better life. In chapter 6, it talks about human jealousy, the struggle of my company in Botswana, and coming back into Zimbabwe to start a new chapter.


NK: Wow, Thank you so much, can you please tell us any people who have helped you to e where you are, because I believe every successful person has a mentor.


BM: God has actually given me good people I met in life, I have met other people who just helped me with ideas and advice, and out of those people I would just to thank my wife who believed me when I was just starting in the construction industry. She walked with me up to where I am right now, she is actually a pillar of strength in my life. So when it comes to mentorship, the person I have followed on Facebook and learned a lot from is Dr. Strive Masiyiwa. I really follow his teachings and business ethics which I apply in my business and I have seen my business grow. I was really happy to meet him finally in Ghana last year, he is a person I take as a mentor.


NK: If someone once to buy your book, ‘The Herd Boy” where can they get it from?


BM: Currently we have uploaded it on Amazon, in Harare, you can get in touch with ‘Nigel The Slick Pastor’ and in Botswana, there is Mr. Themba. For those who want to listen to the audio version you can go on Sa-sai Podcast and listen to it, ‘The Herd Boy’.


NK: Thank you so much Mr. Marambire, that is it from The Herdboy who has transformed his life into a business tycoon who is successfully running a business here in Zimbabwe and across the borders. It was a pleasure having you Sir on The Motimagz African Greats Series. We have really learned a lot from you Sir, indeed your story and journey are really inspiring. I am sure that many who are out there are going to use the secrets you have shared with today to transform their lives, thank you.


BM: Thank you very much, we give glory to God for such a motivational life you have given me.


NK: Thank you, Sir


BM: You are welcome

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