Born in 1994 in Nangoma, Zambia, Gilbert Kawawe is the fifth of nine children. Growing up the family struggled financially, and it was only through his self-funding endeavours that he found a way to access partial education.

In his quest to find work, he discovered the Workaid‑supported Lusaka Youth Resource Centre. His aspirations were actualised after training in ‘Power Electricals’, establishing G Hand Works in 2014 with two fellow graduates. Gilbert triumphed once more in following his pursuits to train in ‘Metal Fabrication’, graduating at the top of his class in 2017.

With Gilberts perseverance and despite his colleagues moving on he continued to succeed, developing a well-established reputation and is now a leading employer in the local community. His quality workmanship, fair pricing and entrepreneurialism have enabled him to grow his business. Well managed finances saw Gilbert employ other local skilled craftsmen and purchase his premises and land.

G Hand Works is held in such esteem in the community that he has landed lucrative large government contracts and an expanded list of clients, all of whom attest to his distinguished professionalism.

When confronted with challenges in meeting local demands and the rising cost of materials inspired Gilbert to adapt to his changing environment. Utilising Workaid donated equipment, Gilbert manufactured an ingenious solution creating his machine to ‘bend’ metal sheets to fabricate door frames.

With Gilbert’s inspirational influence, he has laid the foundation to facilitate the training of young people, giving back to his local community.

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