Interview questions for Skyhost magazine

The one thing that struck me about this next award winner was that having won
the Female Entrepreneur of the year award, which implies power and monetary
success, her driving force above all is to educate her fellow Zimbabweans.
Saying that “People perish because of ignorance and I have dealt with many
cases where people have failed to regularise their immigration status due to
ignorance”. Spoken like a true leader, there is no doubt that this award went to
the very deserving Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya of RBM Solicitors.

1. Congratulations on winning the Female Entrepreneur of the Year
award. What did winning the award mean to you?

It is a great honour and privilege to be recognised by my fellow Zimbabweans.

2. What attracted you to law as a profession/business?

I wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age. I was driven by the desire to assist women
who were in abusive relationships. I wanted to work for organisations such
as Msasa Project. (An an organization that deals with marriage problems,
such as domestic violence, child support, teenage pregnancy, and the
development of widowed and divorced women). So I got into Immigration
law, which is my speciality and I also handle some family cases as well.

3. What is the motivation behind your work? What inspires you?

It brings me great satisfaction to help people and bring change to their
lives, to help Zimbabweans in the Diaspora who are struggling with issues
relating to their immigration status. I have helped many educated and
talented people who were unable to use their skills, due to immigration
restrictions. I have helped in the re-uniting of families and spouses. It
makes it all worthwhile.

4. What setback/problems have you encountered along your journey?

Starting my own business was very challenging but on the whole it has
been an awesome and rewarding journey. I have had to make a lot of
sacrifices along the way. My husband works with me which has been such
a blessing. He is my best friend and my rock. I would not be able to do a
lot of what I do without him.

5. What kind of attitude has helped you maintain balance amidst all
of the high and lows of your journey?

My faith. I derive wisdom and guidance from God. I have kept a positive attitude throughout everything
and I always have a smile knowing that hard work always pays off.

6. And any key decisions or moments that have contributed greatly to
your success? What work/business ethic do you owe your success to?

I work very hard; I put in a lot of hours and determination has been
the key ingredient in my successes. I think the major decision that I
made was actually just starting my own business. Because when I did,
I overcame fear and just took the plunge. And I do not regret it at all. It
continues to be rewarding, day in day out.

7. What do you love the most about what you do?

I love winning cases. I love making a difference. I love to see tears of joy in people’s faces
and the transformation when all the stress and legal hassle has come to
and end. I love to see children reunited with their parents and husbands
reunited with their wives and vice-versa. I am quite a sentimental person
so it brings me much joy.

8. Lastly… What do you hope to achieve in the next 5years?

I’m hoping that RBM Solicitors will be able to run efficiently and smoothly with a
team of skilled advisors that can assist people with empathy and expertise
but with minimum input from me. I would like to be free to help other
people start up their own businesses. I am currently working on a training
programme that will assist people who are not Solicitors to set up their
own immigration consultancies in the UK and in Africa. I am excited
about this project mainly because I believe in empowering people,
educating people and helping people to be self sufficient.

A woman, mother and African (with a predominantly Zimbabwean client base)
one can be assured that their needs will be genuinely empathised with and
dealt with accordingly. Mrs Rumbidzai Bvunzawabya relates to the issues her
clients are dealing with and this helps her identify and therefore implement
necessary action with much conviction and expertise. The award was evident of
how her remarkable work has not gone unnoticed among her clients and in the
Zimbabwean community..