- Panashe, a Zimbabwean farmer tweeted about how he became a successful farmer and trader
- With no formal education, Panashe owns land, cattle and goats
- Twitter users were inspired and encouraged by Panashe's success
Panashe, a Zimbabwean farmer with an entrepreneurial spirit explained on Twitter how he, an educated young man became the proud owner of “more than 35 cattle, dozens of goats [and] almost 15 hectares of farming land”.
The tweet was posted in response to another Twitter user who allegedly called Panashe an “uneducated fool” in his direct messages. Rather than lashing out in anger, Panashe made a public post explaining how he refused to let his lack of education hinder him.
Panashe’s inspiring tweet reminded the platform’s users that it is possible to overcome poverty and that one’s material circumstances can change, given the right opportunity.
Panashe was abandoned as a child and was taken in by a farmer. Starting from a young age, he was paid one cow per year for attending to the farmer’s cattle.
In 1999, Panashe had three cows and sold one to buy a piece of farming land in Kazangarare. He is now a successful cross-border trader.
Panashe acknowledges the value of education and in a reply, notes that he still hopes to become an educated person.
Twitter users shared Panashe’s sentiment that conventional education is not a requirement to be a productive and valuable member of society. They expressed congratulations and pride at Panashe’s achievements and commeneded his ability to read and write English.
Some users also noted that Panashe's farming skills constitute an education and encouraged him to each other young people how to become successful in farming enterprises.
Panashe is also hoping to continue to expand his business. In another tweet, Panashe markets another aspect of his skills.
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