Charity begins at home they say, and if local small and medium-sized enterprises are to grow, collaboration or partnership with big corporate who are in their communities is crucial.
Keketso Mokgothu who owns and makes the Mtswako Honey & Turmeric Puree Booster has confirmed to Spot-On that her product is now available at the local Pick’n Pay in Odendaalsrus, Free State. “I approached them, and we started last week Friday,” says Mokgothu. She has not signed a contract with the big retailer, as they see this as a trial run. “Not yet we want to see sales quality,” she says. All her products are available at the Pick ‘n Pay in Odendaalsrus.
The 34-year-old entrepreneur spoke to Spot-On earlier this year about her product. Since then, her products have found space on the shelves of Roots Butchery as well. This is encouraging for other local entrepreneurs, to see someone from their community working together with a big retailer.
The Mtswako Honey & Turmeric Puree Booster is a lab-tested product made from natural ingredients, without any preservatives or colorants and it contains 55% of Vitamin C.
She makes the product from in the backrooms of her Free State home. She currently employs one person but envisions the business’ growth, where she can even supply big-chain stores nationwide. The business was established in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic when other people’s businesses were struggling to make sales.
“When Covid-19 hit the country mostly were advice to drink honey, ginger and lemon as much as we can to boost our system, so I saw an opportunity,” Mokgothu said.