David Marko Simfukwe is among the 24 outstanding entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 4th Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards(CMA) in Tanzania.
Organisation: Victoria Finance
Location: Mwenge, Dar Es Salaam
David is the owner and manager of GG Engineering Solutions. The company has been manufacturing agro-processing machines since 2009. They make devices for drying agricultural goods, cleaning and grinding. This includes incinerators and sanitisation equipment, among others.
The success comes from financial management and having a precise aim on what machinery to produce and also manufacturing unique quality machines. David had separated his goals for long and short terms. Fulfilling the short term goals enabled him to be viable for loans. The first loan was from Victoria finance of 10million TSH.
Visions: Supplying the machines to other countries and offering training to people on using the devices.
Challenges: Expensive import of materials. Consumers being used to cheap, mediocre quality machines that are unreliable. This is solved by manufacturing quality machines and offering after-sale guarantees.
Impact: Offers employment and source of livelihood.
Opinion: David believes in the quality of his products and is not afraid of other people replicating the technology as he can always re-design the machinery to suit the current needs. The quality of his products is what sets him apart from the rest.