Jibilika Dance Trust is an art winning based education organization founded in 2007. Jibilika promotes the development of popular youth culture mainly dance for youth engagement and development.
We had the opportunity to email interview the founder of Jibilika, Plot Mhako who’s part of the Africans Building Africa movement
- Tell us about yourself and your business?
Jibilika Dance Trust is a creative social enterprise founded in 2007 in Zimbabwe. It thrives to assemble and engage young people in positive social actions through popular youth culture.
The initiative is armed with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools that allow youths to become social development agents and successful citizens. It provides young people with the chance to use their own art, media, and communication styles to make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities.
- How much did you need to start your business and how were you able to raise that capital ?
I started my business with about USD$10,000. I sold my half built house to finance the project.
- What are some of the challenges you face in your business and how do you overcome those challenges ?
The biggest challenge was the economy. I started my social enterprise in 2007 at a time the country was heading towards the worst ever economic meltdown in 2008. Navigating and surviving the tides was not an easy experience but one worth a million lessons.
- Where do you see your business in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking to reach that objective ?
I just stepped down as the director of the organization I founded to let young and new blood to take over and usher in a new dispensation. However, with my role as a programming advisor hope to keep inspiring growth and transformation for the organization as they work to establish a dance academy as part of the self-sustainability goal.
- What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa ?
My advise is, read, research and learn as much as you can. Whatever area of business you get into you need to have deep understanding, insight and foresight. Work hard, be humble and always stay hungry.
- How is your business participating to the development of Africa ?
Our model which is designed out of the needs and aspirations of young Africans. The need to celebrate culture, express and dream. We are sharing our business model with other organizations within Africa who are finding it applicable and meeting the social and economic needs of the communities .
LinkedIn: Plot Mhako
Twitter : https://twitter.com/jibilika