A group of men from Goromonzi are making a living out of manufacturing and selling car toys using locally available resources.
While the local car industry has been dominated by imports from countries like South Africa and Japan, these men have shown that with innovation and perseverance nothing is impossible as they are competing in the toy business with imported ones from other countries.
The three Farai Chisani, Taurai Nezara and Lameck Ngwarati have become a permanent feature at Goromonzi turnoff along the Harare-Mutare highway where motorists and locals stop-over to buy their products.
“We use wood from the jacaranda tree for our frames and reams, steel, paint and rubber, our products are very durable and customers always come to buy even from outside the country,” they said.
Like any other industry the three have their own expectations and challenges.
“One of our biggest challenges is that our machinery is now old and expensive to repair and replace while the market is currently depressed due to economic challenges in the country,” said the three.
However, these three are surviving despite the challenges and are eager to grow bigger given enough resources.