Levy Mwachirolo’s life story is a typical rags-to-riches tale. He grew up on a farm along Domboshava road and dropped out school when he was in Grade 7. He later ran away from home and from 1997 he lived on the streets.
“What made me to run away from home were some challenges I faced. My late father was from Mozambique and my mother from Bahora Basa, Tete,” he recounts.
It was not easy on the streets as he was repeatedly bullied by his peers.
“The big guys were bullying me and would take all my money that I would have made the whole day,” said Mwachirolo.
But tables turned for this young man who had almost given up on life.
“In 2000 Harare City Council picked about 100 streets kids and took them to Kadoma Training Institute. About 95 ran away and five remained, including myself.”
Mwachirolo lived there for two years before returning to Harare. When he came back he was now reformed. He enrolled for night school and during the day looked after people’s cars.
“I decided to leave the streets, then started looking for a job and approached the CEO of ZLG who gave me a chance.”
He was the marketing manager until 2006 when he left work and started his own company called UNTOHIM Foundation.
“I started with the mandate to help some underprivileged children in our community in Hatcliffe Extension and my other friends who are still in the streets. We pulled off two big events in June and December last year,” he said.
The events served as a platform to raise awareness on drug abuse and also provided counselling services and giving out clothes to the less privileged.