It is basic truth that the Covid19 pandemic has had adverse effects on various levels. Not only has this virus taken the lives of thousands, but throngs of people lost their jobs and many entrepreneurs saw the fall of their businesses in front of their eyes and could not do much about it. But the devastation of the pandemic also brought with it some opportunities for certain people.
If you were a company that sold sanitizers and facemasks prior 2020, then it is not unbelievable that your business boomed during a tough time for most. Keketso Mokgothu from Odendaalsrus in the Free State saw the birth of her business during the height of the Covid pandemic.
Her business is the Mtswako Honey & Turmeric Puree Booster. “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,” the 34-year-old tells Spotong.
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. “Anyone can use this product,” says Mokgothu.
She makes the product from in the backrooms of her home. “I do deliveries and I’m looking for agent in other provinces,” says the businesswoman. She currently employs one person but envisions the business’ growth, where she can even supply big-chain stores nationwide.
“Having a warehouse with new product range and supplying the mine employees because they suffer from respiratory infections and retailers as well, the likes of Dischem and Clicks.”
Mokgothu says one of her biggest challenges is the machinery for production. But unlike many, she is fortunate to get assistance from the Government’s various departments in establishing her business.
“The Department of Economics small Business Development and Environmental Affairs they have funded my product for product testing and labelling and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries funded my product for machinery,” says Mokgothu.
She has new products enroute as she tries to diversify her brand, but without veering off the actual product of the business. “I have booster shots and green juice and Beet Juice, but they are not yet tested,” she says fulltime entrepreneur.