The story of two brothers, Lukas Thomas (35) Moses Kambala (47), is the epitome of how hard work always pays off in business.
Their story resembles a typical case of coming from rags to riches. In 2001 they started a transport business called Eyambeko Trading CC, which was funded by proceeds made from selling second hand clothes. Alas the company got off its feet with only two employees. Fourteen years down the line, they have worked to grow the company tremendously, courtesy of a lucrative transportation contract they received from Ohorongo Cement in Otavi.
Eyambeko does not only contribute to the economy of Namibia by employing a lot of people, but it also has a huge impact on the transportation industry. The company now boasts seven trucks that transport goods or are hired by construction companies.
Eyambako Trading CC specializes in transporting goods and supplying pool tables and jukeboxes to different businesses. They are also busy constructing condominiums in Windhoek with an aim of boosting the business turnover.
“I decided to leave school because I just thought I am wasting time instead of doing something that could help me earn something and take care of my family,” Kambala says adding that, “We did not get any assistance to start up the business, it was all us, we tried applying for a loan but we could not get any assistance. Banks just gives loans to people that are able to pay back, and by that time, we did not even have money on our accounts, matter our accounts were still new,” says Kambala.
It was a bumpy start with the new company struggling to gain any prominence in the business industry. They needed to create some buzz so they began visiting different Shebeen owners, approaching them asking if they have any interest in putting pool tables in their Shebeens, and that is how their business started growing.
Like any other young person trying to make it with a degree in life, Kambala was doing a course in Sales Management at the Lingua College. He dropped out in his second year to start selling clothes. Thomas admits that it was a wrong move indeed but he is proud to look at so many family children that had benefit from his N$ 50 per day earning from selling clothes.
After selling clothes, they started investing in something different. Kambala says, “After we saw that we were not making enough money in the clothing business we decided to move to something different, and we started making clothing baskets and chairs from wood, and that is how we saved up money to start up the business.”
Today all their struggles paid off, Eyambeko CC now makes a profit up to 27 thousand per month after deductions. He says, “After paying salary and all the companies monthly expenses, we make up to 27 thousand just to estimate.” However, a few challenges still exist. He says, “The biggest challenge running the business is materials are expensive, there are no companies in Namibia that sell materials to make pool tables so we have to import from South Africa and that costs a lot of money.”
Kambala continues, “If Namibia could have a company where we could get all the necessary materials, we would have been millionaires by now.”
Kambala looks at challenges with a positive outlook; “Business always has challenges but in order to run a successful business, failures should not be a reason for backsliding, we take it as a motivation.”
Eyambeko’s aim is to penetrate into the market as fast as possible and so far they have up to four branches, in Windhoek, Ruacana, Outjo and Okahandja.
“We are going to continue expanding, we are also busy trying to get an office in Windhoek,“ He says. Thomas sees the business expanding in the next ten years, working with big companies and employing up to 1000 people.
Thomas would also want to have constructed up to twenty condominiums in each town for lease Thomas would like to encourage all the young Namibians to wake up and do something for themselves and their families even if they never make it to school, “Education is important, but we all can’t be doctors and lawyers. If you did not make it to University, life does not end there. You might be surprised about everything you are able to do to make it in life,” he says.
“I believe each and every person has been given a talent by God, you just need to recognize it and use it,” he concludes.