Taking chances in business and in life

Having started off small, Kristian Nghishidimbwa's transport business continues to grow.

29 October 2018 | Business

Research the world over continues to indicate that entrepreneurship is one of the solutions to fostering economic growth, poverty alleviation and reducing income inequality. However, to achieve this, aspiring entrepreneurs must be willing to take risks.

One such individual is Kristian Nghishidimbwa (39), who is dedicated to making a success of his business.

Eight years ago, Nghishidimbwa quit his job, started a transport business and became an employer. Today, he is the sole owner of Nghishidimbwa Tours and Transport CC, offering daily services for commuters between Windhoek and Oranjemund.

Listed with the Namibian Tourism Board, his business also offers school and church tours within and outside the borders of Namibia. The company presently employs five people: two female administrators and three male drivers with a fleet of seven vehicles.

Asked why he chose this business venture, Nghishidimbwa said that he has always dreamt of owning his own transport business that could offer him financial independence. The other reasons are to use his skills and knowledge, creating ownership and employment for others.



Work life

Nghishidimbwa was born in Walvis Bay. After completing his primary education in northern Namibia, he returned to the coastal town for his secondary education. “But, due to financial constraints, I could not further my studies,” he said.

He began looking for a job, securing one as a casual worker at a fishing factory.

In 2006, he began pursuing his dream. To achieve it, he first drove a taxi on a part-time basis. Then, equipped with first-hand experience, Nghishidimbwa decided to open his own business. “I studied the southern market and identified a significant demand for public transport. I saw an opportunity in the market and grabbed it,” he said.

In 2010 Nghishidimbwa sought financial assistance from Bank Windhoek's Emerging Small and Medium Enterprises (ESME) Finance Branch to purchase his first company bus. This branch was established to offer support and assistance to promising Namibian entrepreneurs with feasible business ideas.



Challenges

Like with most aspiring entrepreneurs, acquiring start-up capital is challenging – Nghishidimbwa was not spared. “Getting financial assistance can be a tedious. But at Bank Windhoek, they understood what I wanted to achieve and assisted me in a timely and professional manner,” he said.

Nghishidimbwa emphasised that his motivation is to provide the best service to his customers. “I strive to provide excellent, efficient and reliable service to my customers, ensuring a long lasting relationship,” he said.

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