Despite being a qualified human resources officer, Hardson Chimphanda decided to forsake formal employment for a profitable business of car breaking.
Chimphanda, who is a last born in a family of six, was born on April 12 1987 at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.
He did his primary school at Chisamba LEA School from where he was selected to Chipoka Secondary School in 2002.
After completing his secondary education, he was interested to study law but somehow he failed to realise his dream; hence, he enrolled with the Mpemba Institute of Development where he studied human resource management and graduated with a diploma.
“During weekend and holidays I would join my brother Alex Chipatala Chimphanda in his shop and that is where I learnt that one can have a future in selling spare parts for cars. My brother wanted me to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship so that one day I can have my own shop,” says Chimphanda.
After working with his brother for two years, Chimphanda decided to be independent and opened his own carbreaking shop behind the Crown Lodge in Malangalanga area.
Chimphanda sells all kinds of vehicle spare parts, including lens, windscreens, bumpers and head lamps.
“Currently, I am working very hard to raise enough capital to expand my shop. My plan is to be a specialist Nissan dealer and if everything goes according to plan, then I will open a Nissan car breaking centre. I am doing most of the business myself but as soon the business starts growing I will be offering jobs to those interested in car breaking,” says Chimphanda.
The entrepreneur believes he will excel in his business because he is hardworking and trusts in God.
“I am a very focused man and I know my dreams will be realsed. Because of my passion for education, I want to attain a degree in human resource management,” he says.