By NAKUBIANA SHABONGO
GOVERNMENT’S effort to take electricity to the rural areas has benefited citizens especially those engaged in small-scale businesses, Vesto Simfukwe, a tailor has said.
Mr Simfukwe of Shimukuni in Chibombo District said he and others greatly benefited from electrification of the area by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
He said in Shimukuni that the programme had stimulated his business.
Mr Simfukwe, who started his business in 2006 with K100, a saving from his job as a tailor and now has K40,000 in his bank account said his business was doing well.
He said his business had expanded as he was now a proprietor of three entities consisting of a grocery, tailoring shop and a farm.
He said the income he gets from all his businesses goes back to his tailoring business which is his main venture.
Mr Simfukwe used to work for another person in Lusaka’s Mandevu Township but in 2006 decided to establish his own business in Chibombo.
Currently, he makes 30 pieces of clothes per day with the use of power while without it he can only manage to sew 20 pieces.
He appealed to the banks to give him a loan that would enable him buy an over-locking sewing machine in an effort to grow his business further.