African Student Sells Chinese Goods
In the Innovation Park of College of Jinhua Polytechnic (JP) stands a small shop owned by a Rwandan student of JP. The owner is Anping (his Chinese name), a 29-year-old international student majoring in logistics management. Together with four other partners from Rwanda, Anping runs China-Rwanda International Trading Co., Ltd.
“After I came to China, I found that Chinese goods are cheap but of high quality. I always wanted to do business, so I opened a shop with my friends that sells Chinese bags and shoes,” said Anping in fluent Mandarin.
In his business model, he first buys samples from Alibaba.com and sends them to the store in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. If someone expresses interest in the samples, he will then purchase them in large quantities. In addition, he sells Chinese goods through WhatsApp. At the beginning, he had only a few customers on his WhatsApp account; now the number is nearly a thousand. He has also expanded his customer base from Rwanda to other African countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. (By Chen Chen, translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)