Dr. Mejury Chipato is a Zimbabwean physician and entrepreneur who owns several enterprises. She is the founder of the nonprofit Patience of Hope Foundation and the owner of ProMJ Incorporated Company. She is also a preacher, a life and business coach, a mentor, a leader, and the author of the book “I Control My Narrative.”
She runs fashion enterprises such as MJ Fashions, MJ Bridals, House of MJ and Brand, and Merjory Transport under ProMJ Incorporated Company. She sells high-quality clothing for men and women through her company, MJ Fashions.
Under MJ Bridals, she caters for weddings; under House of MJ, she provides African clothing and products and produces modern women’s classy and stylish shoes under Brand Merjory.
“We also deal with other lines of businesses such as transport, farming and agriculture, etc. Worthy of special mention is Brand Merjory which is a brand for stylish and classy shoes (red bottoms) for modern women,” she told thelionessesofafrica.
Chipato stated that her “humble beginnings” inspired her to start her company. Chipato developed a winning spirit as a child in order to change the narrative of her life, family, and community, as well as to serve as a motivation and inspiration to other young people.
“I also noticed that in Zimbabwe and Africa at large, we have very few locally owned brands. For instance, in Zimbabwe, a few women like Pokello’s (who inspires me a lot) own a brand of shoes. As a result, the majority of things we wear are international brands like Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Gucci, etc. Few Zimbabweans have made it on the global stage in terms of fashion,” she noted. “Moreover, l am a shoe addict, hence it was easy to come into the decision of specializing into shoes.”
Her entrepreneurial experience began in 2017 while studying in China. According to her, she discovered various factories that made shoes and other things at a low cost and decided to capitalize on what she saw.
In 2019, she registered ProMJ Incorporated Company in Zimbabwe, along with her Foundation Trust. In 2020, she also launched her own brand of fashionable women’s shoes, which are manufactured in China and sold both within and outside of the country.
Chipato stated that she works with a very professional team, ranging from her Chinese counterparts who manufacture and transport the shoes to her staff who sells the shoes. She also works with high-profile women who serve as brand ambassadors for her company.
According to the businesswoman, her objective is to construct shoe factories in Zimbabwe in order to offer jobs for locals, give them with practical expertise, and strengthen Zimbabwe’s economy. She recently received the Zimbabwean Achievers Award for Fashion Designer of the Year 2021. (China Edition). She was also named one of the 2022 Most Inspiring Women Awardees. Chipato also received the Pride of Africa Awards’ Young Achievers Award and the Gumiguru Achievers Awards 2022’s Leadership & Inspiration Award.