By Martin Mawaya
The deteriorating political and economic situation in the country that continue to cripple businesses whilst forcing some to closure, a Mtapa man is managing to survive against all odds through a fence making venture at Kudzanayi rank.
Cosmore Choto started the fence making business at Kudzanayi market stores in 2010 with his young brother Lovemore Choto after realizing that the business of selling bicycle spares and snuff was not giving them much profit to look after their families.
He said fence making business helped him to realize his talent and empower other members of community.
“We started fence making business to fully utilize this market bay. Firstly we bought a manual fencing machine from welders at Mtapa light industrial site. We started with small orders from people around Gweru who wanted to fence their market bays to protect from thieves.
Generally, most of our customers are from rural areas such as Chiwundura, Lower Gweru, and Shurugwi as well as the local people,” said Choto.
He bemoaned the prevailing economic hardships as they find it hard to access the much-needed forex to purchase their raw materials as suppliers of plain wire and grease to lubricate machinery demand foreign currency. Choto’s business has expanded since they acquired two vehicles to assist them in running their business.
“The business is vibrant as we managed to acquire two vehicles to carry the fence to our customers as well as transporting fencing team to the sites,” he said. Besides fence making, Choto has engaged in fencing and selling plain wire.
Patricia Madhochi of Senga commended the good work being done by Choto.
“I am one of Choto’s customers, he fenced my home nicely and we encourage local communities to support him,” said Madhochi.
Fabian Nyakura said Choto’s project is helping vendors to fence their bays at cheaper prices.
He called on government to put in place vibrant policies that will make the small and medium businesses to access loans and a better working environment.