A QUICK INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES/YOUR VALUES/MISSION.
L&G Investments is a Malawian company which does investments in properties, Information Technology, Solar Energy and Agro-Processing. Currently working full time on establishing the aforementioned start-ups
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
An accomplished ICT Specialist with over 30 years in supporting University Research, Mathematical Sciences Department as a Computer Science Laboratory Technician for 7 years, Non-profits: Save the children US as Computer Systems Coordinator for 13 years and Project Concern International as ICT Coordinator for 6 years to October, 2020, Corporate Services Director at Yosa Computer Systems from January, 2021 to March 2022 and IT Consultant for CCAP Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission and Audit Consult from 2009 to date.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME A YEAR OR TWO, WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?
I needed to be proactive in submitting start-up proposals
WHAT PROBLEM DOES YOUR BUSINESS SOLVE?
Malawians are living in poverty with a lot of shortfalls needs ranging from Nutrition, Energy and settlements, coupled with recent Cyclone Disasters, more pronounced are Idai, Ana, Gombe and Freddy, leaving behind devastation of enormous magnitudes. In addition the trade gaps in the economy that imports are higher than exports
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?
Providing solutions to the less-privileged while sustaining the company.Malawi being one of the poorest and landlocked countries, with population expanding rapidly at 3 percent per year and the majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate-related disasters. Poverty is experienced by most families, with those headed by women suffering the most. Malawi’s challenges are also compounded by high rates of HIV infection (at 9.6 percent), low primary school completion rate (at 51 percent) and chronic under-nutrition (at 37 percent) for children under 5. One way of uplifting lives of the underprivileged, is to embrace alternative sources of energy, which is affordable, accessible and environmentally friendly. This will ease pressure on the national grid and also serve consumers when needed, unlike current situation where applicants take so many years to be connected
WHAT IS YOUR MAGIC SAUCE?
All L&G Investments would like to make supplies and services much lower than competitors, say at least 20% and maintaining quality at the same time.
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?
To strengthen all ventures being undertaken plus trade partnerships including local rural communities
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED SO FAR?
Start-up capital while the market is available and as well human resources
HOW DO PEOPLE GET INVOLVED/BUY INTO YOUR VISION?
Anybody with ideas in L&G Investments’ areas of interest by partnership or one-time start-up grant or loan