Polytechnic student sells beans to survive

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Having in mind that only the strongest survives, a student from the Malawi Polytechnic is selling beans to survive and pay for his tuition fees.

The student, Patrick Harry Thakila who is studying Environmental Science and Technology, decided to start the business to make ends meet at the college.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Thakila said his business also supports his younger brother who is a student at Chichiri Secondary School.

Patrick Harry Thakila

Thakila; Showing the beans. (Image credit Samson Fiadoh- Facebook)

“I do that so that I can earn a living with my brother and to pay for my tertiary studies. Life is really tough for me because the business I am doing now does not meet the cost of living in this city,” said Thakila.

According to Thakila, he makes a profit of K3000 a week and he uses the money to buy food and pay rent.

The student has since appealed to well-wishers to support him financially as one way of taking away the hiccups that have rocked his life.

The development comes at a time when many students are reportedly withdrawing from public universities due to lack of financial support.

Students from Polytechnic have since generated over K80 million to assist fellow students who are in dire need of help.

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  1. Nothing wrong (news)here,he can save the profits as returned earnings and increase his capital then he can start selling thousands of bags of beans.Beans has got a good market share(Nyemba).

    Find news to write being at Poly does not make one an Angel kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  2. Malawi has of late being labelled as experts in begging… we know how to beg but fail to utilize the donation. And it has become a common trend to call the free givers sad titles like satanic worshippers, Akumadzi, so many bad titles if they are fellow blaks but if it’s white men, we say they are angels. I wonder who will step up to help this student? keep on selling nyembazo anthu angatchulidwe asataniki coz of their mercy

  3. Malawi has of late being labelled as experts in begging… we know how to beg but fail to utilize the donation. And it has become a common trend to call the free givers sad titles like satanic worshippers, Akumadzi, so many bad titles if they are fellow blaks but if it’s white men, we say they are angels. I wonder who will step up to help this student? keep on selling nyembazo anthu angatchulidwe asataniki coz of their mercy

  4. I appreciate ur job u hav chosen secretry that z ur future carreer after finishing ur studies @ poly. may God bless u 4 choosing this option other than be a thief or albino killer even albino bones seller. Anthu achifundo tiyeni timthangate mzathuyu chifukwa 25% yozithangata yekha ayambapo kale. Iwenso akakuthandiza ukazakhala pa bwino uzathandizenso ena. Aliyense akhoza kutengapo mbali kaya an African , european, Asian. whosoever a well wisher.

  5. I appreciate ur job u hav chosen secretry that z ur future carreer after finishing ur studies @ poly. may God bless u 4 choosing this option other than be a thief or albino killer even albino bones seller. Anthu achifundo tiyeni timthangate mzathuyu chifukwa 25% yozithangata yekha ayambapo kale. Iwenso akakuthandiza ukazakhala pa bwino uzathandizenso ena. Aliyense akhoza kutengapo mbali kaya an African , european, Asian. whosoever a well wisher.

  6. mawu awa sindiwawona bwino ndipo amandiwawa “uzadya thukuta lako” pokhapo malawi sapataya kut athandize mzake ngat momwe achitila azathu achimwenye sizingatheke ali basi malemba adanena kale pokhapo Mulungu azikuonani amene mulinato tochepato koma mukungomwera mowa mmalo mothandiza ovutika

  7. This is the love for education,the government must find sponsors for such students to persue their carrier and finish it ,they are guys like these who can understand the meaning of poverty in our communities and fix it according to the experience he had had.Don’t kill his dream

  8. Thats good dont rely on begging, i feel so pitty when people say companies should help, which companies? Many companies are closing shop, others are retrenching staff, the majority are making losses due to among others punitive taxer,inflation etc.

  9. One question..
    All Malawian are paying 10..mk for educational purposes on each liter fuel consumption.
    Think why it is not helping us..

  10. Ofcoz is something courageous, but there’s no isue to publicise! Ena ali ndma degree bt fufuzani their #background; makolo, sometimes themselves, ankaphika #kachasu, zitumbuwa & e.t.c kuti eniwake or ana awo aphunzire. Nyembanso??? Anyway, lets join hands to help eachother!

  11. kumeneko nde timati kuganiza mwanzeru kwabasi!!!…Malawi are in need of such citizens..kukana kuba2 kumeneko or kugulisa mafupa a anthu..kapedi wa lero ndi dolo wa mawa.

  12. one of meanings of an entrepreneur is that it’s a person who identifies opportunity out of chaos,my argument on this is that this is one of economic thinking as the named thinking will try to meet the first level of maslow hierarchy without involving himself with malpractices which will ruin his life.However it is the role of everyone including some of you who accessed tertiary education through govt loan but today deny others to access pls open your eyes and see how others are suffering.

  13. nothing wrong with kugulitsa nyemba man…..if the business is legal and able to give u tuition fee then keep it up bro. here at bunda some are running restuarants to support themselves. I admire those entrepreneurial skills…….let’s utlize what we learn to develop Malawi.

  14. Tangobwelaniko muzizaola manyi agaru ku jurbeg kuno Mk12,500/day.Polytechnic ikuchedwesani kumeneko kkkkkkkkkk iyaaaa 4yrs ukugulisa mbwanda bomanso lilibe ma company oti azakulembe ntchito kkkkkkk u will die poor my bro.RIP all Polytechnic students,maybe next life you will do better

  15. what’s wrong here guys with selling Beans?Some Mothers of His fellow Students are Brewing Kachasu to Pay the same fees.Let’s jus encourage Him for HIS initiative.

  16. That’s nothing unusual there,,, he’s not yet finished studies to be employed so what else did you expect him to be doing?,,,, or you want to tell me kuti nzochititsa manyazi munthu wakupoly kugulitsa nyemba?

  17. Sadly 100 million just got drained in 1court case of some 1( politician.)..this would help ppo like this brother. Ironically Govt says no money 4 needy students .really?Politicians should really serve two terms;1 in office & the other in prison…2bad!!!God be with u friend,good initiative, nevertheless!!!!

  18. Man that is life for you to achieve you need to work hard but mukadzakhala bwana tsongolomu osadzawachitira ana anzanu nkhanza don’t worry God is shaping the future of your kids,God be with you in whatever you do

  19. ndi nzeru he is an entreprenure he see’s something that others are not seeing umphawiwo its. only vehicle which is carrying him somewhere remember we should not dispise humble bigining ask bwana kachaje aphuzitsa good skills nanga sima guys akugula nyembazo umm that’s agood start

  20. If at all he needs support then that should go to boosting his business capital. In fact I look at this guy as an inspiration. By the time he will be finishing University, he will be a business genius. Yes, people need to support you but through boosting that business of yours.

  21. anyani ama university amachita matama hvy amaziwona ngat afikapo akapita kumeneko, aziwone mmene zimawawira kukhala muthu ovutika pamene ukufuna zabwino.. apusi awa asiyen choncho, agulisa even makala aziwona

  22. Nthawi zina Izi zimachitika kuti tidzakwanitse kuthandiza ena mtsogolomu, ambirife ndithu tatuluka momwemu ulimi umathandiza/ limbikirani mwene mukafuna kokawoda nyemba uzeni ndusakireni kokazitenga mpaka tsogolo litawoneka.

  23. yah, malawi need graduates of such thinking. by the time he will be finishing his education, he will have mature business skills. dont just opt for white collar jobs, go for self employment.

  24. Wish him all the best for the struggles that he is going through now will yields millions when he is through with University…God is watching over you buddy…keep praising him…

  25. I know a graduate of a world class university who was working as a guard during the night attending class during the day. He ended up graduating with a distinction. Man osawara provided you finish your edu that’s ok. I struggle during my college days but now life is completely changed

  26. Kape walero ndi dolo wamawa .tione zaka five zikubweraz ngat adzagulitseso nyemba ambuye ndiwabwino amutsogolera ineso ndikhala mmodzi womupepherera kut satana adzachite manyaz.

  27. Nkhani iliyapa ndi ya kusowa job muno Mw koma zongolembana pachibale zilipo zikupezeka mma Officemu izi mzimene zikupangitsa anthu ena kumasiya school mkumapita ku joweni kumakasaka job chifukwa ngakhale amphuzile job kulibe palibwino akapeze capital adzayambe geni

  28. He z better off than he who doznt even av de capital for selling beans, a good number has ended up withdrawing n dropping out.while a girl has 3 scholarships

  29. If a writer is aims at humiliating this young man then it is pathetic, unless you write to invite well wishers to support him, coz in a life we come from far to succeed God bless beans seller (student)

  30. Life is becoming hard in these so called top corridors of life.But sam 1 samwhere is busy making policies that are perpetuating the hardness students are facing and u expect a student to be innovative at the end of their studies with that way
    ? No way……

  31. thats a very good idea yomwe akupangayo… Znakhala kut akuba nde bwenz ili mistake koma kugulitsa nyemba kut apeze kenakake eeeish ndi deal aise… Fanz ina ikulephera kupanga za nzeru ngat zmenezo…

  32. That’s really good.Other needy students should emulate him rather than waiting for government and well-wishers to help you when you are not even helping yourself.

  33. Is there any problem with his bean selling? Mwinanso walemba nkhaniyi amaba mbuzi nkukagulutsa akatero akalipile school fees. Kuphunzira kumafuna ndalama. Akapanda kugulitsa nyembazo aphunzira? Bwanji ukanalemba kuti ;ndasiyitsa mnyamata wa polytechnic kugulitsa nyemba, ndipo ndamulipilira school. Basi, tidzisekana m’malo motukulana?

  34. Wina wake ndine amene pano ndidaphunzilira xul m’mabvuto osaneneka,ndimakalima zitipule kumadimba aanthu ncholinga chofunako fees.Ndinali ndi zovala 6 zokha basi koma chauta adandithandiza, lero kulibe amene ndingamutukwane poti akuphunzila xul movutika ai.Musaonetse udolo apa ndiuchitsilu wanuwo womatukwana anthu osowa,kodi tinene kuti ameneyo akupangila dala kuti akhale obvutika?.Abale mukhala pamwamba musamati pansi palibe mame chifukwa ukagwa udzasowa okutola!!!

  35. I dont see any problem here. That is normal. Ask those who hav prosperd in life,they wil tell u that they once sold kanyenye or zitumbuwa inorder to get fees. So keep t up bro the country needs hardworkers like u.

  36. eeeeh ndie nzeru zimenezo akudziwa chosowa chake thats y he is doing so, nanga iwe walembawe wat r u doing to survive? We r all difference and we cant go through the same way of life.

  37. Dats great limbikira adha sikaza konkha kaopa kulaula…udakakhala kti ukuba kapena kugulitsa chamba bwez atakuveka kale chibangiri chaboma kma pot ndi Beans zilibwino kwabas osafooka yayi….

  38. Nde mmafuna azitani? Kapena ndizodabwitsa munthu kugulitsa nyemba and nkumapitanso ku xool? Nkulu wanga ankagulitsa ma bisiket ali pa chanco…… Kupeza kusyana. Pitilizan man muzasimba.

  39. Truth be told,the last time somebody did great in life through a degree was 1971.Today a degree is just a secret to a verage life not successful life,you need other auxilliary methods of sourcing out money from the world.If you trust very mych in a degree all you get is the degree in your plate at lunch time.Style up degree holders.Malawi need no degree minded creatures rather success oriented dudes.Musova

  40. Truth be told,the last time somebody did great in life through a degree was 1971.Today a degree is just a secret to a verage life not successful life,you need other auxilliary methods of sourcing out money from the world.If you trust very mych in a degree all you get is the degree in your plate at lunch time.Style up degree holders.Malawi need no degree minded creatures rather success oriented dudes.Musova

  41. Truth be told,the last time somebody did great in life through a degree was 1971.Today a degree is just a secret to a verage life not successful life,you need other auxilliary methods of sourcing out money from the world.If you trust very mych in a degree all you get is the degree in your plate at lunch time.Style up degree holders.Malawi need no degree minded creatures rather success oriented dudes.Musova

  42. How can I explain this testimony to the public about a great man who help me out in serious illness I have HIV AID for good 3year and I was almost going to the end of my life due to the way my skin look like all I have in my mind is let me just give up because life is not interesting to me any longer but I just pray for God every day to accept my soul when ever I’m gone lucky to me my kids brother run to me that he found a doctor in the internet who can cure HIV online he help me out on everything, the doctor ask for my details, so he can prepare the herbal medicine for me from his temple after all he ask is done one week later I started getting more stronger my blood start flow normally for 4 to 5 days I start getting Wight before 6 days my body start developing my skin start coming up after 8 days which he told me that i will be completely healed, I went for HIV test and I was tested negative I’m so happy that I can say I’m not a HIV patient if you have HIV/AID or any sickness he can still help you in getting your ex-back to you please contact him via his email: dr.williamsherbaltempel@gmail.com, or whatsapp him on +2348143143878.

  43. How can I explain this testimony to the public about a great man who help me out in serious illness I have HIV AID for good 3year and I was almost going to the end of my life due to the way my skin look like all I have in my mind is let me just give up because life is not interesting to me any longer but I just pray for God every day to accept my soul when ever I’m gone lucky to me my kids brother run to me that he found a doctor in the internet who can cure HIV online he help me out on everything, the doctor ask for my details, so he can prepare the herbal medicine for me from his temple after all he ask is done one week later I started getting more stronger my blood start flow normally for 4 to 5 days I start getting Wight before 6 days my body start developing my skin start coming up after 8 days which he told me that i will be completely healed, I went for HIV test and I was tested negative I’m so happy that I can say I’m not a HIV patient if you have HIV/AID or any sickness he can still help you in getting your ex-back to you please contact him via his email: dr.williamsherbaltempel@gmail.com, or whatsapp him on +2348143143878.

  44. How can I explain this testimony to the public about a great man who help me out in serious illness I have HIV AID for good 3year and I was almost going to the end of my life due to the way my skin look like all I have in my mind is let me just give up because life is not interesting to me any longer but I just pray for God every day to accept my soul when ever I’m gone lucky to me my kids brother run to me that he found a doctor in the internet who can cure HIV online he help me out on everything, the doctor ask for my details, so he can prepare the herbal medicine for me from his temple after all he ask is done one week later I started getting more stronger my blood start flow normally for 4 to 5 days I start getting Wight before 6 days my body start developing my skin start coming up after 8 days which he told me that i will be completely healed, I went for HIV test and I was tested negative I’m so happy that I can say I’m not a HIV patient if you have HIV/AID or any sickness he can still help you in getting your ex-back to you please contact him via his email: dr.williamsherbaltempel@gmail.com, or whatsapp him on +2348143143878.

  45. Thats good move and there is no reason someone should be ashamed of becoz soon or later he will be a boss and good person coz he knws what the word suffer really mean.

  46. Thats good move and there is no reason someone should be ashamed of becoz soon or later he will be a boss and good person coz he knws what the word suffer really mean.

  47. Thats good move and there is no reason someone should be ashamed of becoz soon or later he will be a boss and good person coz he knws what the word suffer really mean.

  48. Well done brother. Wish i had extra something to help you. They say God help those who help themselves. May God bless everything you wish to get your hands on. It’s so encouraging to see that there are people out there who really try to make a living.

  49. Well done brother. Wish i had extra something to help you. They say God help those who help themselves. May God bless everything you wish to get your hands on. It’s so encouraging to see that there are people out there who really try to make a living.

  50. Well done brother. Wish i had extra something to help you. They say God help those who help themselves. May God bless everything you wish to get your hands on. It’s so encouraging to see that there are people out there who really try to make a living.

  51. Munthu wanzelu amakhala ndi mtima othandiza ena koma mfit ndiyo imafuna zabwino zonse zikhale zake Malawi adangodzadza ndi mfiti zokhazokha mchifukwa chake timasangalala anzathu akamavutika ife tikunjoya DEMET!!

  52. Munthu wanzelu amakhala ndi mtima othandiza ena koma mfit ndiyo imafuna zabwino zonse zikhale zake Malawi adangodzadza ndi mfiti zokhazokha mchifukwa chake timasangalala anzathu akamavutika ife tikunjoya DEMET!!

  53. Munthu wanzelu amakhala ndi mtima othandiza ena koma mfit ndiyo imafuna zabwino zonse zikhale zake Malawi adangodzadza ndi mfiti zokhazokha mchifukwa chake timasangalala anzathu akamavutika ife tikunjoya DEMET!!

  54. This is not newsworthy article. Why should he shun away from that business he is not yet a graduate. Until he graduate and fail to get employment that becomes a newsworthy.

  55. This is not newsworthy article. Why should he shun away from that business he is not yet a graduate. Until he graduate and fail to get employment that becomes a newsworthy.

  56. This is not newsworthy article. Why should he shun away from that business he is not yet a graduate. Until he graduate and fail to get employment that becomes a newsworthy.

  57. That great. When you sweat for your feuture then you will have much sweet. Osamangodalira kupempha. Zaulerezi nzomwe zikupweteketsa because they didnt feel the pain to gain it. Remember no pain no gain.

  58. That great. When you sweat for your feuture then you will have much sweet. Osamangodalira kupempha. Zaulerezi nzomwe zikupweteketsa because they didnt feel the pain to gain it. Remember no pain no gain.

  59. That great. When you sweat for your feuture then you will have much sweet. Osamangodalira kupempha. Zaulerezi nzomwe zikupweteketsa because they didnt feel the pain to gain it. Remember no pain no gain.

  60. Malawi ndi dziko la anthu omve chisoni kodi dziko lalingg,ono ngati lino kukanika kutukula? muli anthu olemera koma kulemera kwao sindikuona ai osamangako ma TOLL GATE? osamangako nyumba yaitali ngati za mKenya? koma olamulirawa koma amayenda kuona zamaiko ena? ine ndidzatentha dzikoli one day

  61. Malawi ndi dziko la anthu omve chisoni kodi dziko lalingg,ono ngati lino kukanika kutukula? muli anthu olemera koma kulemera kwao sindikuona ai osamangako ma TOLL GATE? osamangako nyumba yaitali ngati za mKenya? koma olamulirawa koma amayenda kuona zamaiko ena? ine ndidzatentha dzikoli one day

  62. Malawi ndi dziko la anthu omve chisoni kodi dziko lalingg,ono ngati lino kukanika kutukula? muli anthu olemera koma kulemera kwao sindikuona ai osamangako ma TOLL GATE? osamangako nyumba yaitali ngati za mKenya? koma olamulirawa koma amayenda kuona zamaiko ena? ine ndidzatentha dzikoli one day

    • Hahahaha penadi zimamvetsadi chisoni komaso kupsesa mtima.vuto ndi kuipa mtima kwa mabwana komanso onse amene amazitcha ophunzirawa ndi awa ati olemelawa,alibe chikondi ndi dziko lawo,sankhalanso ndi maso mphenya vision or kukaona za maiko anzawo kuma kumangokhala phwi kumalawi nkumapanga phokoso pa ndale zawo zopusa zija zogawa mitundu zija nkumazimva kuti iwowo ndiye anafika basi.malawi sazatukukanso man ngati anthu sangasinthe mitima yawo yoteleyi.Tall gate? Kkkk alibe nazo ntchito.zovuta.

  63. Alibwino ameneyo and Malawi are in need ofsuch thinking citizens. Not kuba, kugulitsa mafupa a wanthu ndi kusolola ndalama za misonkho.

  64. Alibwino ameneyo and Malawi are in need ofsuch thinking citizens. Not kuba, kugulitsa mafupa a wanthu ndi kusolola ndalama za misonkho.

  65. Alibwino ameneyo and Malawi are in need ofsuch thinking citizens. Not kuba, kugulitsa mafupa a wanthu ndi kusolola ndalama za misonkho.

  66. That’s common, last yr lwatched check point on e.tv where a tshwane university student wz working as mortuary guard.black let’s help one another osamangokhutitsa mimba Zanu ndi za ana anu.azanthu amwenye ndi azungu amathandizana.

  67. That’s common, last yr lwatched check point on e.tv where a tshwane university student wz working as mortuary guard.black let’s help one another osamangokhutitsa mimba Zanu ndi za ana anu.azanthu amwenye ndi azungu amathandizana.

  68. That’s common, last yr lwatched check point on e.tv where a tshwane university student wz working as mortuary guard.black let’s help one another osamangokhutitsa mimba Zanu ndi za ana anu.azanthu amwenye ndi azungu amathandizana.

  69. That’s survival skills every young man must develop i hope it will pay him because he cant just be passive otherwise he will end up begging in the streets