Midlands State University (MSU) was abuzz with awe and admiration as news spread of a remarkable student who single-handedly funded her own education through the unconventional method of selling boiled eggs.
This extraordinary feat left many students in shock, redefining the boundaries of what one can achieve through determination and resourcefulness.
The 22-year-old student, whose identity remains undisclosed due to fears of victimization, hails from Chitungwiza.
Pursuing a degree in Banking and Finance, she embarked on an inspiring journey of entrepreneurship that captured the attention of the entire university community.
In an exclusive interview with our publication, she revealed that her inspiration stemmed from her upbringing and the strong influence of her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Growing up in a household that embraced the practice of vending, the student witnessed her mother’s unwavering belief in the power of entrepreneurship.
Her mother’s example instilled in her a deep understanding that success lies not only in formal employment but also in harnessing one’s talents and abilities to create opportunities for financial independence.
This upbringing, rooted in the traditions of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) church, laid the foundation for her remarkable journey.
” I sell 4 crates everyday which I get 12 dollars as my daily profit, If you multiply 12 by at least 26 days a month the total its US$312 which is a lot of money to,” she said.
The concept of “Matarenda” or ‘Talents,’ introduced by the late Professor Ezeikiel Guti, became a pivotal factor in the student’s decision to embark on her entrepreneurial venture. This program, predominantly embraced by female members, encouraged individuals to engage in vending activities as a means of sustaining their livelihoods. Over the years, this initiative has proven to be a resounding success, empowering generations of women to take charge of their financial well-being.
In particular, the student found inspiration in the teachings of Dr. Eunor Guti, who emphasized the importance of women harnessing their skills to provide for their families. Dr. Guti, while speaking about her book, stressed the significance of instilling a fear of God in children so that they may align their actions with His will. She highlighted the responsibility of parents to guide their children, teaching them the value of hard work and self-sufficiency.
Undeterred by the challenges she faced, the MSU student set up her makeshift vending stall at popular locations such as Taita Shops, KPK Shops, and the surrounding business centers around Unit O, N, and P.
Her determination and commitment to her education were evident as she tirelessly sold her boiled eggs to support herself. Through her efforts, she not only demonstrated her ability to generate income but also showcased the power of resilience and self-reliance.
The story of this MSU student serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of young individuals who refuse to let financial constraints hinder their dreams. Her journey resonates with countless students who struggle to meet the financial demands of higher education.
By defying conventional norms and embracing the principles of entrepreneurship, she has become an inspiration to her peers and a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and resourcefulness.
As the MSU student continues to pursue her studies, she remains an embodiment of the transformative power of education and the unwavering belief in one’s abilities.
Her story serves as a reminder that determination, combined with the courage to venture into uncharted territories, can pave the way for a brighter future.
With her entrepreneurial spirit and the support of initiatives like “Matarenda,” she has not only paid her fees but also inspired others to embrace their own unique talents and pursue their dreams against all odds.