The roots of king go back to the year 2005, when the Gyger Family from Switzerland started to build relationships to Malawi. In 2010, Gyger's and Tembos got to know each other and started thinking more and more about building businesses together. In 2014, we jointly founded King's Real Estate Ltd, with the aim of building a business centre. Not everything went as planned. So Covid has forced us to close the guesthouse we built and run in Area 3 again.
In 2016, Shephen Mbewe joined us and together we held the first trainings with artisans. Now you may ask, why does a real estate company conduct seminars with craftsmen? That is part of our DNA since our beginnings, have a look at our
Mission Statement 2018
- We make money in an ethical way that consciously seeks not to deprive Malawians or take advantage of them.
- We intentionally invest in training and develop other’s to reach their highest potential.
- Our calling is to serve the Malawian people.
- As citizens of the Kingdom of God, our work and business is an expression of worship to God, the King of Kings.
The 2019 elections and covid were a powerful watershed for all of us. It has led us to put the trainings on a better foundation, and to initiate King's Institute for Transformation. In April/Mai 2021 a team of 12 people travelled around Malawi, presenting King's Institute for Transformation to institutions, church leaders, parliament, and teachers.
Let me say the same thing again in other words:
We have a two prong approach
1. Business and Training - Work and Word
We do business and earn money We train tradesmen and entrepreneurs to reach their fullest potential. The artisans are in our focus, but we also want to train and educate the rich class of politicians and entrepreneurs on how they can use their position of influence to bring lasting change and tackle poverty in their communities.
It is of utmost importance to us that we live what we are talking about. We want to bring together word and deed in a lasting way. Our success is measured by how well we and our students can implement and develop what they have learned.
We want to build learning teams, and enable others to build learning teams.
Following the dual vocational education system in Switzerland, with an emphasis on holism, we include cultural and social challenges. We enable people, by making them aware of the cultural and social challenges, see the ideal of the biblical world outlook (the kingdom of God) and enable them to formulate and realize constructive, releasing processes of change.
2. Rich and Poor
The social gradient in Malawi is huge. Sustainable development is only possible if the trenches between the social classes are overcome.
We challenge the rich and the poor to recognize each other as equivalent creatures (respect).
In training programs where they learn together, they discover that the same strongholds are blocking the way to release and quality of life.
We give the wealthy, the well-to-do, a foundation that they can invest willingly and effectively in the poor to bring lasting change.
To the poor we give a philosophical foundation, that they dare to think beyond their experience and limitations.
The founding Members
Markus + Dorothea Gyger
Pyoka + Ivy Tembo