A lot of things can happen in a year and a half, you can get your dream job, quit the job and start a successful business, all of that within a very short period of time! Sounds farfetched right? Maybe to you, but not for this one young woman, Tamara Chirwa. She took one bold step forward, and it led her into a new and fulfilling chapter. So how did she do it?
What made a fresh graduate quit her dream job?
Tamara had always wanted to study medicine, and if that didn’t happen she would study Veterinary Medicine, fate had other plans as she ended up studying Animal Science at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After graduating in 2018, she went to look for jobs unfortunately, she couldn’t find one and resorted to volunteering at a Local Animal Clinic which later on employed her. For someone who has always liked pets from as long as she can remember, this was her dream job. However, after working for only a year and a half, she forced herself to quit the job due to other circumstances.
quitting my job made me realize that I never really liked being around sick animals and being a Veterinary would never have worked out for me
Starting a business
After being frustrated and tired with the state of being jobless and broke, she decided to start offering Mobile Pet Grooming Services in Lilongwe, Mara’s Pet Grooming Services. She says she largely has her employer to thank for inspiring her business idea. Her previous job experience and skills made her transition from employee to business owner very easy as she already knew the “what” and “how’s” of pet grooming and management. Her business idea did not just come out of the blue, Tamara confessed to liking pets ever since she was a young girl and remembers holding a funeral for a stray bird. Nudged on by the popular adage “do what you love and you will never work a day in our life” she decided to just dive into it and , that’s how this young woman ventured into this rare business. Now, it doesn’t take a Pet lover to appreciate what this brilliant young woman is doing for herself and pet owners.
I like animals so much that I sometimes think of becoming a vegetarian.
Running a business
Her business takes pride in being an affordable and convenient solution to the many challenges which Pet owners face, for example, not having time to walk pets, or not having anyone to take care of their pets when they are away. Her Pet grooming package offers: Pet Bath and dry, pet sitting, pet walking, Nail Clipping, Pet Brushing. She later on plans to be offering Pet ear Cleaning and Parasite control.
Future Plans: Opening a Mini Pet shop which will have pet accessories ,introducing an Uber for Pets(pick and drop Pets from hospitals),dog boarding house where people can leave their pets if they’re going away, and lastly, offering services across Malawi.