Francis Chanda is a Zambia-born web Technologist Entrepreneur and Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spakdeal one of Zambia’s next leading e-commerce marketplace web portal, Spakdeal is a website similar to eBay, Jumia, Snapdeal and Amazon. Founded by Francis Chanda and Mulume Musonda in Copperbelt, Ndola. Spakdeal is where Zambian’s go to shop, sell and give. Whether you’re buying new or used, common or luxurious, trendy or rare – if it exists in the world, it’s probably for sale on Spakdeal. Their great value and unique selection will help every person find their version of perfection, no matter what it is.

Sellers are able to post goods for sale either through a fixed price or auction. Auctions make up a small percentage of transactions. The majority of the products are new merchandise sold at fixed prices. Buyers can assess seller backgrounds by information available on the site, including ratings, comments and the sale volume for the shop. Therefore, the shop owners must often put effort to maximize the positive comments and eliminate the negative ones. Even profitable negotiations happen between sellers and the consumers for rating their satisfactions toward the commodity and their shopping experiences. (The site is said to begin operations this year in early days of August).

Chanda started his business with $280 (Approx. ZMK 2,393 as of 2019) seed funding and looking forward to build it into a multi-million dollar company across Zambia and African countries. He is ever working to empower small and large businesses and enabling  African startups to succeed using technology like Hype Nations Zambia, Black Media, Trap Street (in luanshya) and Thatina Enterprises. He has been helping and motivating businesses succeed there potential level in entrepreneurship across Zambian region.

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Early Life and Education 

Francis at St.Andrews 12B

Chanda was born in Chinsali District, Zambia and letter grew up in Ndola where he attended his primary and secondary education. Chanda attended his primary at Sunbess primary School and later attended high school at St.Andrews High School, prior to completion of his high school at St.Andrews, he also attended his eighth grade at Chiwala Technical High School of which he only lent one term dew to the chicken pox he aquared. during his second term he was transfered to Chifubu High School were he completed his twelfth grade and later he was taken to St.Andrews High School 12B class (Ndola, Zambia) were he completed his twelvth grade.

Avancha Media and Spakdeal

In 2015 after months of no job Francis thought of starting his own business, an online business and that drive and determination he had started growing and he started spending much of his time learning on the internet about online business especially Internet Marketing 24/7. His interest in Internet Marketing become even more, such that it brought to the formation of his company Avancha Media an Internet Marketing Agency.

Francis experienced a lot of rejection and many told him that internet marketing won’t take him anywhere, because many people now can advertise on their own and it’s a share waste of time. But in-spite of the challenges he faced he still stood his ground and stayed focused on his passionate dream business as time passed he downloaded lots of internet marketing video tutorials from alike channels like YouTube and started to formulate the mindset that would soon see him making his way to the top ranks of the Internet Marketing industry. Francis attributes his success to the fact that he’s believed for a long time that anything is possible in Life. Francis’s Passion to start a Digital Marketing Agency contributed to his belief that he could succeed at making money online.

In 2015, his company Avancha Media was founded with him being the only employee, he was still determined that he will take the company to the top ranks in Africa but not long after the launch of Avancha Media things never went well and the company was not successful but that never brought Francis to stand still he later thought of an alternative from marketing he thought of starting an online shopping and auction website like eBay, Alibaba and Konga not long that interest became stronger and that led to the formation of Spakdeal in 2018. Francis never gives up in everything he did despite lack of funds he bootstrapped all of his companies. Spakdeal is a Zambian multinational e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer sales services via internet. Spakdeal unlike eBay and Alibaba, it only focuses on Zambia and not worldwide at the moment, but plans are being put to cover the entire world.

Wife and Children

Francis and Wife, March 2017
Francis and His Son, Feb 2019

In 2016, a 25-year-old bakery assistant at shoprite Solwezi Mall named Grace Simooya caught the eye of Francis Chanda, then 27. The very bright and organized Grace was a perfect match for Chanda. In time, their relationship grew as they discovered an intimate and intellectual connection.

Following the devastating death of this wonderful and loving young woman (Grace), she died due to luck of blood after she delivered a bouncing baby boy (Peter Chileleko Chanda) on 3rd October, 2017 then later died on 4th October, 2017 at Thompson Hospital Luanshya.  Chanda took some time off from his day to day job to spend some quality time with his son.

Career

Christopher left, Francis right Pick’n’Pay Z-Mart

Prior to the establishment of Spakdeal.com, Chanda worked with pick’n’pay Z-Mart mall when it just opened in 2014 Ndola, but months later he stepped down from Pick’n’Pay. In 2016 he went on to work as a merchandiser in Pick-N-Pay African Supermarkets, Shoprite and Choppies Enterprises  under Bic Zambia and Thatina Enterprise in Solwezi. Currently he is based in luanshya were he is managing  Bic Products in Pick-N-Pay African Supermarkets, Shoprite and managing his own tech startup company Spakdeal (online Shopping Site) in his spare time.

Bic Products

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