“WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED GOOD CSR, SHOWING THAT OUR ACTIONS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT HANDYMAN’S LIME.”
IN THE LIME LIGHT Sustainable Business Magazine speaks with Weston Mwape, Business Development Manager at Handyman’s Lime, about how the company’s state of the art kiln has led to important community development initiatives.
MR WESTON MWAPE, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AT HANDYMAN’S LIME.
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Handyman’s Lime is the first privately owned lime producer in Zambia to invest in a state of the art lime plant and quarry, and is based near the major city of Ndola. The company is a joint venture (JV) between Handyman’s Paradise Limited and Astro Holdings Limited. The shareholders in the company are Mr. Michael Pasquini (Chairman of Handyman’s Group) and Mr. Sanmukh Patel (Chairman of Astro Holdings Group). These astute businessmen came together in 2008 and conceived the idea to
set up a lime plant and quarry after seeing an opportunity in the local and regional lime markets characterized by inconsistent product quality and erratic supply. By 2013, concept had become reality. With the shareholders financing more than US$50 million from their own resources, construction of the Handyman’s Lime plant began in November 2013. The site itself is located nine miles from downtown Ndola. After less than two years, and at a total cost of almost USD$80 million, the