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Small business boom in Letlhakane Youth find ways to supplement salaries

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Small business boom in Letlhakane Youth find ways to supplement salaries
Talented barber: Ernest Kabelo Magosi

Enerst Kabelo Magosi, 38, operates what he called ” barbershop with swag.” He said; “I started two months back but the way business is growing I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I opened this shop even though I am an excavator machine operator by profession but I engage mostly in temporary contracts so I saved money and invested in a barbershop.

My natural talent is making people beautiful with stylish haircuts.

People love my style and because I have a unique and closed shop they opt to come here.

I give love to everything that I touch and with this talent I hope to go a long way.

The challenge I face is traveling all the way to Gaborone to buy equipment.

Water and power cuts also are an obstacle.

As youth we have lots of talent but we decide to sit at home and idle, I urge the youth to take a stand and face reality.

Vegetable Vendor

A former security officer, Manyana, 31, quit his job to be his own boss.

He said, “I left my job as a security officer and decided to sell vegetables and airtime for a living.

Small business boom in Letlhakane Youth find ways to supplement salaries
MS Veg: Letlhogonolo Manyana

No one thought it would sustain me and my family financially, but I believed in myself so in 2015 I took the leap of faith and set up a stall in town.

It worked and I can make up to P150.00 every day. My life is organised now and I run my business without anyone’s pressure because I am my own boss.

There are so many challenges when you work for someone. I experience tough competition though from supermarkets, more especially when they are special sales during month end.

There are also dull moments when business is very slow, between the 15th and the 20th of every month when people are broke.

However I am glad this business has given me a lot of time with my family and income to feed and cloth them.”

Commodity broker

A cross boarder trader, 35-year-old Bathamile was thrilled to learn that he can earn a month salary within a week.

Small business boom in Letlhakane Youth find ways to supplement salaries
CROSS BOARDER TRADER: Kabelo Bathamile

“The the only problem that I encounter is high clearance charges at the border when I go for my clothing stock. I wish government could relax the charging system at the boarders more, especially for small businesses like us. Government should also open decent market places where we know we would be free to sell because currently owners of complexes sometimes chase us in front of their premises to go and sell far from them. Otherwise selling clothes, shoes and school track suits has given me a purpose to live as I can make money and stay away from the streets.”