Adding value to my parent's extractive minerals
My name is Kasazi Nyendwa and I am from Kafue town in Zambia. I am here at the Sharefair at the UN in Nairobi and I am showcasing my products which are value addition to extractive minerals. My business started through my parents. My parents are miners and we have a mine in the southern part of Zambia. So now my job is to add value to those extracted minerals. I made jewelries from semi-precious stones. For people who cannot afford the semi-precious stones, I made jewelries from African beads.
My passion for this business came from I would say my parents because they have been an inspiration to me from what they have done through their mining and what they have achieved as Africans and Zambians in Zambia. My father is deceased and my mother is now old. So I have taken up the family business and I am taking it to another level. The business has not been easy and the challenge I am facing as a woman in the extractive minerals, as a woman miner is capital intensive. I do not have all the amount of money to buy all the equipment to carry on with the mining, and I don’t have the equipment to cut and polish the stones. So what I do is, I just take it to other people who have the equipment to cut and polish them, then I make the jewelries. It would be easier if I have the equipment.
Also I think it is good for us women to do this kind of business and I would like to encourage other women. I work with other girls, women and we do this together and I would like to see more women be creative, use their hands, use their creative minds to do more with the extractive minerals. I think the mining industry should not just be male-dominated. But women also have to come in and do it.