A quick introduction about what your company does/your values/mission.
Kontutonka Trading and Investment Ltd was created in the early months of 2023 in Lusaka after realizing the need to source high-quality goods from Europe, the US, Canada, the Middle East, and Brazil.
Zambia is still a consumer society; hence there is a need to ensure high-quality goods are provided by companies. To this date, the Zambian market is flooded with low-quality goods, which inspired us to source predominantly from Europe and the Americas.
Our products range from.
- Lubricants for cars, trucks, road machines, lift, fridges, etc
- Crude oil
- Vegetable oil
- Construction materials
- Drinks of all kinds, exclusively from Europe and the UK
- Sales of all brands of cars and road construction machinery,
- Mining, gold, diamond, for export, etc
To inspire entrepreneurial skills amongst youths by spreading branches across Zambia, working in partnership with multicorporate societies, and lobbying for manufacturing in Zambia through our extensive networks in Europe, the US, Canada, Brazil, and the Middle East.
We are determined to provide rapid and quality services to the people of Zambia, where the interest of our clients is paramount, as our prime objective is to create social impact. We would be providing high-quality goods at wholesale prices at low cost. Concerning us is that every Zambian should be able to afford what they desire and not be priced out because of high prices.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a student in Lusaka studying business and politics; I was quick to realize that these two are intrinsically linked. Why did I decide to create a company? This vision came about the fact that Zambia is very rich, but the natives are missing in the economic sphere of the country as foreigners are in control of our economy, making it hard for native Zambians to even have jobs, and secondly, things are very expensive, making it hard for Zambians to buy basic things for their household. In view of this, we are determined to create a social impact by making it easier for Zambians to get jobs and also to provide their services at affordable prices, as we will be importing most of the things they need. We are not wholly out to make a profit but to ensure that people are able to buy what they desire and not be priced out.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
I will advise myself to always dare where possible. Because without taking risks, life will be static, and we will develop comfort zones because of our insecurities; therefore, I urge everyone to get up from their comfort zones.
What problem does your business solve?
My business will be offering quality goods at affordable prices, which will make it possible for every Zambian to buy what they desire. Importantly we will force other competitors to reduce their prices which will be a great win for the inhabitants.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
What inspired me is the fact that there are not many Zambian businessmen and women despite our riches, foreign companies are taking advantage of this gap to hike the prices of goods, but we are here to change that by offering affordable prices.
What is your magic sauce?
We differ in the sense that we care about the social impact our actions will create, and more important to us is to ensure good customer service where the interest of the customers is first, not profit making.
What is the plan for the next five years? What do you want to achieve?
We want to achieve industrialization in Zambia in the next five years as we are, at the moment, a large consuming nation.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
The biggest challenge we have faced so far is the needed capital to launch this mega project to alleviate poverty. By this, we are putting this message that we are in need of assistance where possible.
How do people get involved/buy into your vision?
We are looking for companies that will be willing to establish their businesses in Zambia to reach out to us. Also, we are hopeful international lenders would reach out to us, and above all, we would be willing to discuss any form of partnership or equity with any interested party. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to be out there.