By Lungile Moyo
A young woman Ntokozo Ngwenya (23) from Tsholotsho’s ward seven has ventured into construction business as a way of countering the country’s harsh economic environment.
Speaking to Amakhosikazi Media, Ngwenya expressed that the economic situation facing the country has opened her mind to the various possible business ventures she could go into to solve the many challenges facing her community.
Asked how her journey began Ngwenya said that it wasn’t an easy road but she persisted.
“l did my primary education at my rural home in Tsholotsho and used to walk long distances to and from school but as young as l was that did not stop me from dreaming big”, she said.
“After completing my studies at college l did voluntary work with certain local companies, l used to spend long hours at work and at the end of the day l realised that l was spending more time developing other people’s businesses, so l asked myself what if l use this energy in developing my own business”, said Ngwenya.
She also added that she had become friends with one of her former workmates and together they decided to formulate their own business and they agreed to venture into construction as she had experience as a general hand to her father who was a carpenter and her friend was an artisan in carpentry. So in 2018 the company ‘Perpetual Construction was formulated.
“The name ‘Perpetual’ means uninterrupted by time and forever, indefinitely long and continuing.” Meaning that this business is here to stay and we are willing to take it to another level no matter the challenges”, she said whenasked about the company’s name and its motivation.
Asked about challenges she has faced in her business Ngwenya said she had faced discouragement especially by the patriarchal society but she managed to pull through.
“l faced challenges especially with men who wanted to take advantage of the fact that l am a woman and that the construction industry is for men, so l would like to advise other young women out there to take life seriously”, she said.
She also added that not everything is about men and nothing comes easy in life so young women should learn to work for themselves and not to depend on other people.