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Interview with a Zimbo Sister in India: Roselyn Marere

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So this evening we talk to a top model, a ZBIN member based in India, she will tell us about business in India, the cost of living, her modelling career and possible business opportunities in India for our readers. A rare opportunity to interview a ‘Beauty with Brains’ member of the forum. In the next 2 weeks she is going to form and lead the ZBIN Beauty Products and Modelling Group.

Tell us about yourself

Hello, I’m Nyasha Roselyn Marere born and bred in Harare and I come from buhera . Growing up I stayed in budiriro , just as I was turning 5 years we moved to Highfield New Canaan. I grew up staying in the ghetto and I attended Mhofu Primary school. In 2006 we moved to Mount Hampden better known as Goodhope.

I attended Chindunduma high 1 school then transferred to ZRP high school then to round up A level I attended Elephant college. Well, as I finished school I travelled to South Africa Port Elizabeth I worked as a cashier in a restaurant called Fishaways that was just before I came to India. I came for studies (BA Vocational Traveling and Tourism 2012-2015) I have to admit India is not like America lol there are some nice places yes but it’s overpopulated. A billion plus people so anyone can relate with the living standards. Unlike back home most houses are flats therefore no play ground for the kids etc and most of the flats can get up to 15 floors each.

Tell us about the weather in India

India is one of the hottest countries it can get up to 50 degrees and trust me for someone who grew up in Zimbabwe you are bound to get sick the first summer. However there’s winter too between November and March and yes it is cold I remember my first year got up to ~4 degrees n that was new for me haha. Some places do snow but just a few. On the other hand India is beautiful it has a lot of tourist attractions and I have not finished visiting them.


How about Indian Food?

There’s wide variety of dishes in India yes, it is popular because of the spice but there’s also non spicy food and it’s delicious. I bet no one even the Indians have not tasted all their dishes. I do like Indian food but not every day, I usually eat it according to craves .

Business Opportunities in India

There are a lot of business opportunities in India mostly in the medical field. Medicine is way cheap in India judging with my experience one cannot be ill for more than 3 days because a lot of hospitals n pharmacies are all over in India. Unless one is coming for serious ailments like kidney disease or heart the rest of the medicine costs very less. One can also indulge in hair business because India is where it all happens with the way ladies want to be on fleek wearing Indian, Brazilian and Peruvian hair this is the best place to get it and at a more affordable price. Indians rarely employ foreigners because they are still accommodating their people first and they are a lot.


What you enjoy most about India

What I love about India in the business world is there are a lot of SMEs. Anything is turned into business here a lot of small shops everywhere whether they are selling groceries or maybe cigarettes only it doesn’t matter but one way or the other they always have something on the side generating cash for them no matter the profits. Unlike us in Zimbabwe one will be wondering why they should put a table by the roadside and start a dry cleaning business well in India it’s very possible and affordable than going to the expensive fancy dry cleaning companies. I could go on and on.

Cost of Living in India

The costs of living in India depending with the persons taste. If you want to live at the crowded noisy dirty places then the costs will be low but if you are looking for a quieter and a little bit fancy place then the costs will also be high.

How did you end up in the modelling industry?

I started modelling in 2013 after the death of my father because I was going through a hard time and needed to move on which we all know that’s impossible. However despite my dreams of wanting to be a pilot/ governor/ air hostess I told myself I want to partake on something I never imagined or that I think I cannot do and boom I decided to be a model. It wasn’t easy I must admit with the fake agencies etc I had to be strong but somehow I made it. I was juggling both studies n modelling as much as most people did not believe in me I’m proud to say I made it beyond my imagination n I know I am going far.

Benefits derived from Modelling


Modelling has helped me believe in myself, gain confidence make very important connections because in India definitely one would need a few connections to survive.

Do you have any business ventures back home

I do buying n selling sometimes of hair for mostly my friends but I believe very soon I will start something relating to modelling industry back home.

Zimbo Community in India

Honestly I’m not really sure about the Zimbabwean community in India. In New Delhi not so much but places like Hyderabad, Bangalore there are a lot though I haven’t witnessed it. I would have talked about religion and culture but that’s a topic for another day haha. I encourage Zimbabweans who mostly want to send their kids for school to send them here as the education system in India is good. For those who want to visit they are also welcome there are a lot of tourist attractions in India you cannot finish them.

Ko Mutupo?


Your Contact Details

I’m glad to be a part of this interview and to those who wish to connect with me on social network here are my usernames Facebook: Roselyn Marere ,Twitter: Roselyn Marere , Instagram: roselyn_marere , snapchat: rosiemre


Comment: Roselyn Marere is our Official ZBIN Contact in India.



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Diaspora Matters

Benefits of an Effective Website

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A website provides an instant visual presentation:

Not every organization can afford television advertising, but a website provides a visualization element and is always available to anyone with Internet access. If a customer has questions that can be better answered on a website than over the phone, this is a valuable asset to your marketing mix.

A website can be found through search engines:

There is a good possibility that you found this website through a search engine such as Google. Between 80-95 percent of all website traffic usually comes from search engines. You can target visitors who are actively looking for you, your product, your service, or your information. A website is an extremely cost effective way to advertise to those who are already interested in what you have to offer.

A website is always available:

No other medium for being available 24/7/365 even compares to a website. With the modest cost of developing a website and putting it online, there is nothing even close to being as cost effective. Printed materials are easily misplaced. TV and radio commercials air at preset times. A website can be visited at a time that is convenient for the visitor, and it is more engaging when designed correctly.

A website is interactive:

Even just a few years ago, most websites were nothing more than an electronic brochure. Their real potential was not being realized. That has now changed dramatically. Website visitors have the ability to control and interact with a well designed website. You can take a virtual tour, spin an object around to see all sides, provide direct feedback, and much more.

A website can target each visitor specifically:

Every visitor’s needs are met with an effective website design. With proper targeting, you have their attention because they are already interested. By strategically planning your website, you can customize each area to the type of website visitor who can benefit from it. It is even possible to customize web pages to individual users for added convenience.

A website is easily updated:

Unlike printed materials, websites can be changed on a minute by minute basis if needed. The expensive production costs of video, and the editing time needed for a good advertisement, make websites even more attractive. Plus, video can be provided on a website, and printed materials can be made available for instant download on a website.

A website saves on printing and mailing costs:

By making printed materials available on a website, it benefits both you and your website visitors. They have instant access so they do not have to wait for your mail to arrive, and you save on printing and mailing. Your website can have even more impact because you can illustrate things such as movements and animation that printed materials alone cannot show.

A website improves customer relations:

Aside from the fact that when a customer asks you for your website address, they expect you to have one, there are numerous benefits a website can offer to your customer relations. These are only a few:

  • Customers can make an informed buying decision. If they are deciding between you and a competitor, your website could mean the difference between who gets the business.
  • It also provides a way for customers to benefit after a sale. If you provide information or support through a website that makes them happier about buying from you, it strengthens your business.
  • By providing an opt-in mailing list, your customers and website visitors will give you permission to contact them about special offers or additional things they may be interested in purchasing from you.

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