Lorac International founder and CEO Carole Nyakudya say her leap of faith to start a business eight years ago are now paying off and she has set her sights on expanding the group’s footprint across Africa in the next five years.
Nyakudya was recently nominated in a prestigious category of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA).
Nyakudya is up for the ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ recognition due to her unique business breakthrough in the provision of mental health care services.
The ZAA celebrates Zimbabweans based in the diaspora for their outstanding achievements in various fields.
Born in Zimbabwe 43 years ago, Nyakudya is a United Kingdom-based mental health specialist and holds a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Public Health.
“Running a business is quite challenging and we work extremely hard to push the envelope. So it’s quite encouraging to see that our efforts are actually recognised,” said Nyakudya.
After spending several years working for the National Health Service from 2001 to 2016 in various roles, she decided to take a leap of faith and set up homecare agency Lorac Healthcare.
The company specialises in caring for dementia patients, those with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
Lorac Healthcare also offers personal care for children and adults, including senior citizens.
“The underpinning reason why this company was established was to impact and transform people’s lives in a tremendous way,” Nyakudya said.
“I believe strongly that I was born to impact people and empower them to become better versions of themselves,” she said.
“My passion was always to equip people with quality mental healthcare to make informed and healthy decisions about themselves, their relationships and their future.
“I’m generally a compassionate person with the heart to uplift those around me, which reflects in my journey,” she explains.
The Lorac brand has since been expanded into a group of five business units. That includes Lorac Holdings, a property management company based in Johannesburg which was set up in 2017.
Also operating under this brand is Lorac Foundation which is into charity work as well as Lorac Media which focuses on public relations solutions and communication strategy.
Recently, Lorac International, a recruitment agency was established and excels in providing trained quality staff for the UK Market.
Adding to her business acumen, Nyakudya underwent business and entrepreneurship training at Birmingham City University where she learnt the fundamental skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.
The humble soft-spoken young entrepreneur’s vision is to afford job opportunities to fellow Africans and make a positive impact in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“It would give us great joy to create as many jobs as we can,” she said as she shared the recipe to her success to upcoming entrepreneurs.
“Sharpen your skills as much as you can, chase that dream relentlessly until it becomes a reality. Keep going, keep learning and don’t stop dreaming.”
Lorac International has other branches in South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ghana.
The company is looking to diversify their portfolio as well as expand their footprints across Africa in the next two to five years.
Nyakudya said what is fulfilling about the business is witnessing lives being positively transformed.