Nqbile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter
MR Talent Mloyi buys timber from the Forestry Commission and manufactures high quality furniture made of mukwa, teak and rosewood that is sold in Victoria Falls and Bulawayo from a factory in Lupane in Matabeleland North province.
He is part of 10 men who are members of Lupane Business Association Trust operating from the Matabeleland North capital.
Mr Mloyi says because they produce high quality furniture, they were failing to meet demand for their products.
A Chronicle news crew visited their factory yesterday. Mr Mloyi was just finalizing making two chests of drawers which he had manufactured at the request of a client and he said he supplies shops in Bulawayo.
“I mainly specialize in manufacturing mukwa, teak doors which I supply to furniture shops in Bulawayo but some of the products are sold in Harare.
At the moment the two chests of drawers that you are seeing here I did them at the request of a customer who paid US$150 for each yet the same products are being sold for up to US$800 each at some furniture shops in other cities and towns , said Mr Mloyi.
He said he once made a coffee table for a client and charged him US$80 and the client admitted he had produced the table at a giveaway price as he had seen a similar table selling for US$800 at a furniture shop in Harare.
Mr Mloyi said while they are producing quality products, their biggest challenge is access to markets.
He said he became a carpenter in 2010, three years after leaving the country in 2007 for South Africa.
He failed to make it outside the country and came