At a gala awards ceremony where the guest of honour was the Honourable Sylvia Chalikosa Minister in the Office of the Vice President, the 10 Nyamuka Zambia finalists finally discovered the outcome of their 6 month Nyamuka Zambia journey.
On receiving the No. 1 prize of K250,000, Canaan Banda said “Thank you to Nyamuka Zambia for this great opportunity. It is a huge relief for my business investment needs as now I can establish my rice processing business and ultimately contribute to job creation “.
Canaan’s plan is to establish a rice processing business in Chama District,Muchinga Province.
The 2nd prize, of K200,000, was scooped by inventor Stephen Mvula who intends to manufacture on a commercial scale his Speed Spot Fertiliser Applicator, an implement used to apply fertiliser in crop fields. It will help many farmers improve efficiency and increase yields.
The 3rd prize of K175,000 was secured by Daisy Diangamo who has a plan to expand her existing livestock business by purchasing meat processing equipment which will enable he to process and sell pork products.
The 4th prize of K150,000 went to Mumba Mumba for the expansion of his software development company that will provide human resources solutions for Zambian companies and collecting the K125,000 5th prize was Thandiwe Ngulube who plans to establish a food truck business in Lusaka to cater to busy students and the working class.
The remaining 5 finalists, Moses Chulu, Namoonga Shikapande, Nkole Mwansa , Katengo Kayimbo and Priscola Siabasimbi were awarded K75,000 each to help kick-start their businesses.
In addition to the ten finalists prizes, one of the 2017 semi-finalists, Michelle Chimuka received the “Good Nutrition Prize” valued at K85,000. The prize is sponsored by the World Food Programme’s Scaling Up Nutrition programme.