Mathamsanqa is a 34-year-old woman living with her family of three children and husband in Zimbabwe. In her community, a lot of business activities are conducted by informal traders, including barber shops, tire repair, and sales of fruits, vegetables, and other commodities.
Inspired by the nearby activities, Mathamsanqa started several small businesses. She began a catering business in her home after realizing that many of the nearby businessmen and women were not able to go back to their homes to eat. Her food business quickly grew as people started buying food from her early in the morning until late at night.
In addition to her catering business, Mathamsanqa also ran a poultry keeping business and offered hairdressing services. She even owned a snooker table in her yard, which attracted young men who paid to play the game. Unfortunately, her hairdressing business came to a halt after she became disabled by amputation of both legs in 2014 due to thrombosis.
Without the ability to afford a new wheelchair, Mathamsanqa was given a heavily used one by her mother’s employer. However, it was very uncomfortable and difficult to maneuver within the house, making it challenging for her to support her family. As a result, she was forced to sell or move most of her movable assets.
Despite the challenges, Mathamsanqa remains resilient and determined to provide for her family. She is actively seeking ways to overcome her limitations and continue her entrepreneurial ventures. Her story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of perseverance.