Zimbabwe and so I am dedicating my time to giving people some relatively useful
tips on how to survive Zimbabwe. Please note that my solutions do not suit
everyone, just those that are willing to take the time out to think outside the
I am a born again Christian so my connection to God is very important to
surviving such a harsh and hostile environment like Zimbabwe. Spirituality give
you clarity, answers, perspective. Spirituality has a way of taking you away
from your problems and seeing things the way your God see’s them.
Most Zimbabweans have enough space to grow their own food and I mean 2m X 2m
will make a huge difference. Growing your own food is going to save you but it
also will teach you a lot of lessons about determination and survival. If you
do not have the space then find someone who does, ask, the worst they can say
is “NO”. Community Farming is a great idea, join forces with friends to grow
things you need and trade with each other or share.
3. Find Alternative Revenue Streams
Remember if you are like me you are Zimbabwean and probably unemployed. Find
other ways to make money. Start by learning how to sell today. Start small, you
won’t regret it later. Three or four revenue streams at a time is a good idea.
Sell airtime anything to get you to understand REVENUE and COSTS as soon as
4. Work from home
Do not rush to starting a company and getting offices. Start working from home.
Only work with clients that understand and have no problems with this. The time
to worry about how you look is not now. You need to reduce your overheads
completely. Benefits of working from home is that the business will pay for
your living expenses at the end of the day.
5. Use technology
Make sure you are using technology to do majority of your tasks. Like whatsapp,
facebook, twitter are all very powerful tools. Use those to grow your business
or brand and remember technology connects you to the world and technology can
teach you much more.
6. Mind your own business
Majority of our costs come from wanting to get involved in other people’s lives
too much. Focus on your small unit and don’t get involved in drama. Drama costs
so much money so stay clear and save yourself a lot of money. Do not get into
doing things for appearance sake, ask yourself if you really need to go to that
family meeting or if you really need to be having an argument with people in
whatsapp groups or facebook.
The more stuff you do in your own neighbourhood the more money you save and the
more you enrich each other. Host farmers markets at your home. Social
gatherings in walking distance, buy from your local shop, car pool, food banks,
church in walking distance all these community things will save you money in
the long run, even drink within walking distance.
Recycle as much as you can, repurpose, reuse. Every little counts. The more you
do that with water, electricity, waste management you make your life a little
9. Get off the grid
Invest every little you have to getting off the grid. Use less council water by
investing in borehole (eventually) or inverters, solar panels, solar lights,
energy saving bulbs, solar geysers. Try and find alternatives to the grid, wean
yourself over time. Make it a plan that starts today you will get there
10. Change your
I can’t emphasise this enough. My wife and I used to think we needed to go out
a lot then we started hosting our friends at our home instead. People would
come and bring food and drink and we would hangout more at home. Movie nights,
game nights etc with people in your neighbourhood will save you a lot. For
example a bottle of WHISKY at home is $19 in a bar is $3/tot.
Carl Joshua Ncube
Carl Joshua Ncube