|Kuwadzana 5 home industry comes alive|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 19:43|
The furniture products on display are trendy so well made that they match or even surpass those that are on display in major furniture stores in Harare’s central business district.
“I am happy to be back here. I feel like the biblical Prodigal Son who has finally decided to go back to his roots,” a beaming Chanakira told The Sunday Mail In-Depth.
the illegal structures were razed to the ground during Operation Restore Order (Murambatsvina).
“I was devastated. I had invested a lot of money into the project and after the destruction of the structures, I decided to relocate to my rural home in Marange, Mutare,” added Chanakira.
This was an operation by the law-enforcement agencies designed to permanently remove the illegal miners from the diamond fields.
“It was very difficult when I came back to Harare. I did not have a place to work from. I tried to convince my landlord to allow me to do my carpentry business from his premises, but he flatly refused. I am thrilled to finally get a place from which I will work,” the father of three said. The gods finally smiled on Chanakira last month when a community-initiated programme resulted in the resuscitation of the Kuwadzana 5 home industries.
A visit by The Sunday Mail In-Depth to the home industry site, which is located between Kuwadzana 5 and Kuwadzana Extension, revealed that the occupants of the site are hardworking people who are determined to put past disappointments aside and prosper.
“As a community, we are prepared to pool resources and help the council install all the necessary infrastructure like running water, sewage and electricity,” said Joel Gundumure, who chairs the committee that is currently engaging council.
The youthful Gundumure explained why his members elected to return to the piece of land that reminds the majority of the present occupants of the sad Murambatsvina chapter.
“Landlords are demanding a monthly fee of $120. The majority of them were harassing our members complaining that they were littering their yards and making noise. We then decided to engage the council and as of now we are happy to be here although we are yet to receive final council approval,” Gundumure said.
“We are doing this in the spirit of empowerment and indigenisation. We are creating employment for previously unemployed youngsters whom we offer part-time jobs.
According to Gundumure, those who are using the industrial site are required to pay $10 monthly, an amount he said will go towards the payment of people who guard the site at night.
“What we simply need from the authorities is the land.”
“The advantage that we have over other carpenters operating in Glen View is that we use a much harder type of wood as compared to the softwood that most carpenters from other areas use. Because of that, customers are steadily flocking to us,” he said.
“What we are saying is that we want to empower local communities.