Young entrepreneur gets Presidential approval

Cathrine Moemedi
PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL: Mnangagwa and Masisi liked what they saw

As Botswana and Zimbabwe strengthened their relationship in the 4th Bi-National Commission, held at Maun Lodge last week, local and Zimbabwean entrepreneurs got the chance to market their products.

Taking full advantage of this unique opportunity was 26-year-old Neo Karolo Maretwaneng, the founder of Mood Craft Design.

The talented designer caught the eye of both President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his visiting counterpart, Emmerson Mnangagwa, impressing the two leaders with her colourful creations.

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“When the Presidents were touring the stalls they got interested in my hand painted coffee mugs and requested I make one for them,” an excited Maretwaneng tells Voice Money, explaining the cups embodied the flags of each country as a sign of unity.

Opened three years ago in Maun’s Disaneng ward, Mood Craft specializes in making crafts out of recycled materials as a way of reducing pollution and littering.

Young entrepreneur gets Presidential approval
MAKING AN IMPACT: The Mood Craft owner at the Commission

“Through this business I seek to use my passion, creativity and skills in art & design to manufacture products that can promote and preserve the rich culture, history and traditions of our country Botswana,” reveals the young creative, who boasts a Degree in Textile Design from Limkokwing University.

As well as the specially painted mugs which proved such a Presidential hit, Maretwaneng makes bed covers, cushions, wall hangings, carpets, door mats and other household items.

“Our products are mainly for decoration, marketing, celebrations and household use. They are sought after by individuals, tourists, hotels, government offices, homes and many other service centres,” reveals the tourist town native proudly.

Reflecting on a whirlwind few days at the Bi-National Commission, Maretwaneng is confident showcasing at such a prestigious event will prove a game-changer for Mood Craft.

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“The exhibition helped me to network with other business people in the same field, including those beyond the borders of Botswana. I even got to be recognized for the work that I do by both Presidents!”

Despite facing hurdles that range from shortage of raw materials, lack of funds and relying heavily on tourists for her sales, Maretwaneng has high hopes for her enterprise.

The gifted craftswoman dreams of taking her brand international and supplying hotels outside the country; she already has one famous fan in Zimbabwe!

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