Thembani was lucky.
His father made enough money to send him to Hlekweni Training Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
This allowed him to go to university and obtain his engineering degree. He could have moved to Europe, signing up for the ‘good life’ but he chose to stay in the country he loves and use his education to help make a difference in the face of widespread unemployment and political instability.
With his father, he’s set up a dairy farm and distribution business that supplies high quality milk to people with no livestock of their own across the Bulawayo District. The byproducts of his business, he uses to create biogas via a process he has designed himself, meaning that the production side of his business is carbon-neutral.
Thembani is the first person to admit that he’s just an ordinary guy. What makes him different is that he was given a chance in a country where a lucky break can mean the difference between life and death. There are many children not so lucky but who, given the opportunity, could shine as brightly as Thembani. By signing up for IVJ you could help them achieve their potential, giving them the opportunity to one day give something back to their communities.