MUTARE - Some enterprising residents of Sakubva are creating employment for their children and others by turning part of their homesteads into furniture factories.
Due to the availability of timber in Mutare, the residents find it comparatively easy to make affordable furniture.
Many residents have been employed as carpenters at the home industries along Chimanimani Road and beyond where such products as wardrobes, kitchen units, chest of drawers, beds and pushing trays are made.
The entrepreneurs sell their products from right in front of their homes.
''The difficult economic situation in the country meant I could not take good care of myself and my family until I started this business. There are no jobs and I was always starving but I am now alright and I employ others,” said one of the carpenter who identified himself as Marume.
However, the home industries have created problems for other residents who say the sawdust generated and the chemicals used by the craftsman is not healthy for a residential area.
Residents like Stacey Ngwarai complain of chest pains and they say such kind of industries must not be allowed to operate from residential areas.
''Yes, we have got an opportunity to use our talents and earn a living through working for our neighbours in our community but we are also concerned with our health. The sawdust that comes out of there and the wood vanish they use are giving us health problems. Council should make sure the people are properly moved to suitable places,” said Ngwarai.