$1 con­cept

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Mor­ris Mpala

WE all know ev­ery­one likes to talk about the $1. Dol­lar this dol­lar that it’s the sim­ple sin­gle pa­per note in the US$ de­nom­i­na­tions and since we are us­ing the fa­mous cur­rency we have been caught on the $1 band wagon.

Your air time bo­nan­zas are based on the $1, our prices are trun­cated at a $1 and the think­ing is based on a $1. As­pi­ra­tions start with a $1 and songs are based on the $1 notes.

In any case $1 mil­lion is just but a mil­lion $1s. Be calm and know it all starts with a $1 given that it’s easy to get a $1 there­fore life has to be that easy. It’s just a sums to­tal game.

We price things on the $1. $1 for two or for five — $1 price sale bo­nanza. We talk of liv­ing on a $1 per day.

We want $1 do­na­tions. Due to peo­ple’s ob­ses­sion with the $1 it has seen it be­ing used so much to the ex­tent that we think the $1 is a healthy haz­ard.

In ad­di­tion its phys­i­cal con­di­tion is just filthy but its pur­chas­ing power is not al­ter­ing any time soon. Of course Zim­bab­weans have man­aged to dis­count its value.

We want to ex­plore the $1 con­cept where peo­ple put $1 to­wards com­mon good for a con­sis­tent and re­li­gious cy­cle for the bet­ter­ment of them­selves or their com­mu­ni­ties.

Ask­ing for a $1 isn’t much of a chal­lenge. As­sum­ing Bu­l­awayo has a mil­lion peo­ple how much will it have by year end if we all con­trib­uted $1 monthly?

It will have $12 mil­lion in the first year, $24 mil­lion in the se­cond year and $36 mil­lion third year. Imag­ine that!!

Truly speak­ing who will need a bank if it is not just to keep that money safe? Who will need ex­pen­sive money? In Bu­l­awayo we will be able to loan each other these monies and we will make it cheap for our­selves.

It is com­ing from a $ 1 then af­ter two years we pay you back $2, which is 100 per­cent re­turn.

That is a cool re­turn on money in­vested. Who else pays such a re­turn in the world?

It’s sim­ple, it’s ef­fec­tive and it works. Some com­mu­ni­ties are run­ning with it to the bet­ter­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties rather wait­ing for free­bies.

Save a $1 and make a bil­lion dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity. We do not need big do­na­tions to make a dif­fer­ence but small con­sis­tent do­na­tions.

Talk is al­ways cheap. Com­mu­ni­ties should learn to act and im­ple­ment if they are to al­le­vi­ate some of the chal­lenges. Some schools have been built this way, deep tanks, banks have been formed this way, lives have been saved by this and so on.

The $1 note sym­bol­ises pa­tience as they say that Rome wasn’t built on a day’s ef­fort. What’s the chal­lenge? The mi­crowave syn­drome (men­tal­ity) has killed us. We need ev­ery­thing khonapho khonapho. In­stant busi­nesses, in­stant em­pires, in­stant riches but that isn’t pos­si­ble.

For us to think be­yond now it has be­come a chal­lenge. It’s like to­mor­row doesn’t ex­ist. We are sim­ply get­ting de­feated be­fore we even be­gin.

Who can’t save a $1 or $1 equiv­a­lent. Isiphala Senkosi/Zunde Ra­mambo con­cept is a so­phis­ti­cated $1 con­cept. It has helped up­lift un­der priv­i­leged peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties.

Pen­sion schemes are also elab­o­rate $1

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