As the government continues to roll out policies to ensure that Zimbabwe attains an upper middle economy by 2030, some local entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the favorable business and economic environment to exploit the various opportunities that have emerged under the Second Republic.
This is seen in the number of Zimbabweans who continue to break down barriers and venture into previously uncharted territory as they respond to President Mnangagwa’s call for Zimbabwe’s re-engagement with the rest of the world.
These entrepreneurs include the entrepreneur couple Willard and Lovejoy Madzimbamuto of Have Dominion International Group (Pvt) Limited who through one of their companies, Nature’s Treats Zimbabwe, became the first local business owned and operated by young Zimbabweans under 35 to go international certificate for the export of organic agricultural products to Europe and North America.
The certification, which came after a rigorous and rigorous audit of their company’s operations, including obtaining a number of all relevant documents and a physical audit of the land to be used in production by the French company Ecocert , is a dream come true for the couple. Export licensing has not been easy and is a first of its kind in terms of scope, covering ginger, garlic, turmeric, sweet potato, moringa, honey and zumbani leaf for purposes export.
Speaking on the certification process, the CEO of the company, Lovejoy Madzimbamuto said he was encouraged by the progress despite the requirements of the certification procedures.
“Although the process is painstaking and expensive, we understood that a lot can be achieved with the right support and planning from the consultants.
It is a challenge for us young people and especially young women to take agriculture seriously by exploring international opportunities, ”Madzimbamuto said.
The government, through the National Development Strategy (NDS1), continued to urge Zimbabweans from all sectors to actively play their role in growing the local economy.
The success of the young couple is also a testament to the growing number of entrepreneurs in other sectors of the economy who are taking advantage of opportunities, including in agriculture, as encouraged by the government.
Notably, the Madzimbamuto couple benefited from farming despite being professionals in other fields. Ms. Madzimbamuto is an expert in civil aviation security while her husband is a lawyer in private practice.
Their company, Have Dominion Group International, broadly focuses on seven key pillars of poverty reduction. These include improving household and country food security, job creation, sustainable livelihoods for economic freedom, contribution to the national and international economy, demonstration and training of rural or agricultural communities in sustainable organic production.
The company also seeks to promote environmental awareness, achieve a prosperous society, empowerment of impoverished groups, including children, youth and women, and finally smart renewable energy and water sanitation.
“We are a progressive entity and we do whatever it takes to offer a holistic approach to the diverse needs of our communities in order to promote sustainable economic development.
We are doing everything we can to complement the government’s development initiatives so that together we make a difference, ”Madzimbamuto said. The young people also said they were working on sustainable social entrepreneurship to foster meaningful economic growth and community development.
“As the Have Dominion International Group, we practice a concept of social entrepreneurship where we try to help and influence our community in addition to making money.
The Madzimbamutos are successful farmers and have said much of the produce destined for the export market under the new deal will come from their local farm.
“We took advantage of government policies in our agricultural economy to practice sustainable agriculture.
A large part of the products to be exported will come from our farm where we have been able to produce well in recent years. We have done our work on the ground and we are ready for the summit, ”Madzimbamuto said.
The young couple are also committed to empowering their local community through feeding programs for the school’s students.
“We want to be a socially responsible business entity and we already have plans in place to feed school children around our farm.
We want to actively participate in the well-being of our community. Social protection should not be a reserve for the government, all responsible citizens should play their part, ”Madzimbamuto said.