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Fluffy’s Artistry that was only launched in December 2018, is easily becoming one of the most loved salons in Shandumbala Windhoek.  During the launch they released a booklet that featured their clients and the hairstyles done during the course of the year.  The salon is loved for its welcoming environment or it could be the tea and biscuits that they serve. The team at Launch magazine had to sit down with Fluffy to find out how she made her dream materialize.

Who is Fluffy?

My name is Fransina Nikodemus, Fluffy is the nickname that my peers called me in high school because of my sweet welcoming personality.  My business is called Fluffy’s Artistry derived from my nickname, we specialize in hair styling.  We do wigs and weave, we’ve also styled for events such as weddings and graduations.

What inspired you to start your business?

Growing up, my mother had dreads and I always did her hair maintenance and styling as they grew longer.  I also did my friends hair at school; in fact I love it so much I used to miss classes to do hair.  When I completed my school, I thought about what to do because I did not want to stay at home whilst I had the skill and passion to do hair.  So, I started doing hair in my room, and that is where the business started.  Primarily, my room was my salon for the better part of last year.

What is the most fulfilling thing about your business?

Satisfaction from my clients.

What to expect?

We plan on releasing a second edition of the booklet featuring our clients and their hair.  We give this out to our clients for free, which makes it easier for them to request a hairstyle and also to just show them some appreciation.  Initially, we made the booklet for the launch however it was received so well so, the plan now is to release editions twice a year, in June and December.  It is a great tool for advertisement.

I aim to expand too, as Fluffy’s Artistry operates under Modern Pink Investment cc where I’ve also established a catering business called Fluffy’s Kitchen.  Another passion of mine that I would like to pursue is clothing design, so maybe expect a clothing line too.

What inspires the hairstyles?

Clients usually come in with requests.  In the case where a client does not have a specific style in mind, we usually let them specify if they want their hair long or shirt and from there depending on their hair texture, personality and face shape, I will suggest styles that might work.  Mostly, my client’s personalities inspires their look because I know my clients.  I always try to build a bond with them.

 

What has been most challenging in starting your business?

Capital

What advise will you give someone that wants to go in the same industry as you?

“Always believe in yourself and do your thing.  Own your passion.  When you believe in yourself, you will always win no matter the obstacles. Also, remember to always invest in yourself, in your business and in your clients.  I’ve wanted to quit a few times because business in its own is challenging, so my responsibilities to my family and business keeps me in check.

How can people contact you?

You can contact me on +264811497263 or modernpinkinvestmentcc@gmail.com

 

Maria Thomas is an entrepreneur who owns a successful online store called Herstyle Fashion Boutique CC and has embarked on the journey of empowering the youth through beauty training by creating their own jobs that requires little amount of experience. Maria Thomas is a Post Graduate Student that’s pursuing her studies in Business Management at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Maria is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and supports worthwhile charities with her social media footprint.

She is the Co-founder of the Pebble Foundation; The PEBBLE FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization that is grounded in the belief that small acts of kindness on sustainable projects have the potential for social upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities in Namibia. Its goals and projects are chosen to assist the most vulnerable members of society.

What motivated you to start your boutique?

Well I believe, that growing up with parents that are business oriented might have occasioned me to be the same, Business to me would be something inspiring and in born within me because there’s no day I would not apply business situation as a way of solving my daily life situation. There’s nothing one can’t do until you try it or do it and if it works for you, look for ways to improve and be great at it and if does not try something else

Tell us more about your business?

Herstyle Fashion Boutique

Trade fashionable clothing, custom-made earrings, shoes, photography equipment, waist-trainers, make-up equipment/accessories, sunglasses, wedding accessories and more.

Herstyle Fashion Boutique has now extended services:

  1. Herstyle Fashion Virgin Hair: Our main trade is providing Brazilian hair of all texture, lashes, salon equipment’s and producing our very custom-made wigs, where we supply them locally and to our neighboring countries such as Zambia, Angola and Botswana.

  2. Herstyle Fashion Academy: Our main aim is to create immediate employment for the youth, as a graduate with no employment, I know how it feels to have certificates, diplomas, degrees that you can’t use to receive a monthly income or any income, we empower ladies with beauty training that takes about 1-4 days and start their own business upon completion. We offer support such as business consulting, image consultancy and marketing skills from experience that I have gained from operating my business and life in general. We are proud to have train 20 students that are already operating their business in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Rundu and Oranjemund since the launch in August 2018.

What advice can you give to those interested in starting a business?

Start a business that is not family oriented and create something you love not what your family approves. Kindness is the best trick a business person can have and remember it is not always about the money but caring for your clients. Start something that you understand before creating it, it gives you a sense of direction.

How can customers contact you?

We have pages on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

Facebook: Herstyle Fashion Boutique

Alternative: Maria Thomas (Facebook and Instagram)

Instagram: @herstye_fashion (the rest of our pages and links are posted there)

You Tube: Herstyle Fashion Boutique

You can also email us: herstylefashionboutique@gmail.com

Call or WhatsApp: 0813065008

  • Says, Pinehas Shikulo widely known as Zulu Boy who studied Visual Arts at the University of Namibia, and is a founder of the Gweri Vintage Collection.

In an attempt to find happy socks that spoke true to his being, his culture and the love for his country, Zulu Boy together with Carlos Gurirab partnered up and created the sensation that is Gweri Vintage Collection, under which the most loved Gweri Socks hail from.

Launch Namibia met with Zulu Boy the ‘artist behind the designs’ to discuss his inspiration and what to expect from the brand.

(Photo credits to the Photobooth)

What inspired your product?

I love happy socks, so I wanted to create socks were ‘happiness’ is drawn from our own cultural, traditional and Namibian experiences.  I do most designs myself, currently we have thirteen (13) designs out that I have either done by myself or have collaborated with other people. So, all the designs are very personal to me, I draw my inspiration from Namibian natural colours, landscape, photography, and people.  Gweri socks represent the diversity of Namibia, and it is from that diversity that the inspiration for the designs comes from.

What are the challenges that you have faced in this business?

Our biggest challenge has been the production of the product.  Right now, the manufacturing of the socks is being done in South Africa.  That has been an issue as it causes delays, and the product sometimes does not arrive on time.  Meanwhile, we would have pending orders from clients.  This is terrible for our reputation in delivering the product. However, we always communicate to our clients and try to remedy the problem.

What has been the most fulfilling thing about this journey?

The immense support and how receptive people were to the product that we put out.  Our clients are patient and appreciative, there are weeks were we cater to about 400 people.

(Photo credits to the Photobooth)

What advice do you have for entrepreneurs that want to break into the creative industry?

It’s a risk but, it’s an opportunity that should one decide to take; would ride you through criticism that you should learn from, inspiration that you should draw from and passion that should fuel and keep you going. Ask for help, do your research and collaborate. Most importantly, do not take it personal.  Sometimes a product may fail, the possibility of these socks failing were and are still there, but do not let that derail you from what you’re trying to achieve. Just smile.

How did you come up with the packaging?

We wanted something playful and light, not too serious. Unlike the manufacturing of the socks, we do the packaging ourselves, so from time to time it will be different.

Has there been any growth and what should we expect from Gweri Vintage Collection?

Definitely, We used to produce one hundred and fifty (150) pairs of socks when we started, today we are producing over one thousand two hundred (1200) pairs of socks”.  Another product from Gweri Vintage Collection is the Clothing Collection that debut at the Windhoek Fashion Show in 2018.

We will be incorporating the stories that inspired the designs on our labels; that is something fun to look forward to.  We are also working on partnerships to make the product widely accessible, and we will be releasing new items/products.  Keep an eye out.

Where to find the product?

It is available at our offices in Bismarck Street 13, no 1 and at Nictus Windhoek.

Contact Zulu Boy @ +264852616380 or send an email to gwerivintagecollection@gmail.com

Follow Gweri Vintage Collection on Social Media

@GweriVintage – Twitter

Gweri Vintage Collection on Facebook and Instagram

For this entrepreneur, turning a childhood hobby into a career has always been a dream until he established an incoming-generating business by the name of Ubuntu Events Technology.

Owner of Ubuntu Events Technology, Hadino Nghishekwa describes himself as an “outspoken introvert.”

Contrary to what he does for a living the entrepreneur holds a degree in Chemistry and Geology which he obtained from the University of Namibia.

Like many disadvantaged Namibians, Nghishekwa did not come from a financially stable household, so he “always wanted more.”

The visionary said that from a young age, “taking ordinary moments and environments and transforming them into something magnificent” has always appealed to him.

“To escape an otherwise ordinary life ­– we all want to do that at some point,” he added.

With the little that he had, he nurtured his hobby for technology throughout his childhood saying that, “the passion has been there for as long as I can remember.”

In 2012 he turned a hobby into a business.

“It began as a childhood dream driven by passion, then one day I realized it can and should be a company and not only a hobby,” the entrepreneur said.

Today, Ubuntu Events Technology is in the business of turning ordinary moments into key memories.

 

 

The business supplies technical equipment such as sound, lights, audiovisual (AV), stage and conferencing equipment.

For him, the main goal for his business is to expand across other regions in Namibia and to build a solid reputation in terms of professionalism and service.

Although the business does private events like weddings and birthday parties, his main target market are corporate clients; according to him they hold the same values as the business as they believe in professionalism and quality.

“Corporate clients have the biggest interest in quality and professionalism, events technology is quite expensive too and these clients understand that,” he added.

Nghishekwa believes that innovation is key to running a successful business.

“Our vision is to be most innovative technical support company in Africa while our mission is hosting memorable events by exceeding client expectations and constantly challenging the status quo,” the entrepreneur stated.

Currently, Ubuntu Events Technology has four full time and two part time employees.

The owner is also passionate about training young people so that they are able to harness new and useful skills that might take them further.

“We take people off the side of road, the young ones, and give them technical training so that they don’t have to rely on cleaning people’s homes as a way of living. It is our belief that people on the side of the road deserve a chance to do some dignifying work. Providing meaningful jobs is something we strongly believe in,” he said.

For this entrepreneur, the sky is the limit.

“We have big plans we cannot enumerate here but we see Namibia has our base, and not our market,” he said.

Contact Hadino Nghishekwa for more information regarding his services: hadino@ubuntuevents.co

 

 

Namibia’s beauty and cosmetics industry has grown exponentially under the spell of social media as more people are looking to age gracefully, skin and hair care regimes have become a priority for many people who struggle to maintain healthy skin on a daily basis.

Entrepreneur and founder of Ilotu Cosmetics, Mareka Masule is shaking up the dynamics in Namibia’s beauty and skincare industry with a range of products designed to cater for various skin types.

Ilotu which is a Subia word for “it is beautiful,” specialises in the production of natural, essential oil based, range of skin and hair healthcare products.

These include (but are not limited to) full body detox clay, foot creams and scrubs, body washes and scrubs, face washes and creams, shampoo and conditioners as well as hair masks & butters.

Product overview:

For Ilotu it’s never too late or to early too to use a skincare regime. They promote preventative skins care lifestyles but also cater to people who have already experienced challenges with their skin where prescribed by medical professionals.

Our products have emollient properties which provides the skin with an extra protecting layer and also due to our key ingredient being, Essential oils, they contain natural SPFs, making them appropriate to help protect Namibians from the harsh weather conditions as many of the current international brands on the shelf, don’t always cater to our climate.” said the entrepreneur.

Their products aid in treating various hair and skin related conditions, such as acne, oily, dry and sensitive skin as well as fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot.

The Ilotu product line consists of products under the ranges of Tea Tree, Sweet Almond & Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cocoa butter & Coconut oil and Peppermint & Green Tea.

Business operations:

The business started operating since the beginning of 2018 after Masule received funding from Sanlam Innovation Works to start the business.

After a family member passed away from skin cancer a few years ago, the entrepreneur realised how many individuals lack knowledge about certain reactions, sicknesses and illnesses due to something as simple as what they eat, what they apply onto their skin.

Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and therefore its crucial to pay attention to what we apply to it. I decided to take my own DIY products/routines and share it publicly through the different products to help others and educate them more on the importance of skincare,” Masule said.

Masule described the process of starting the business as “surprisingly easy” because a good business plan was drawn.

Once we had the Blueprints, we knew what paperwork to get done and who to talk to. It all happened so quickly and amazingly,” she recalled.

Although she was nervous about how clients would react to her products, many clients had a positive approach to what she was doing in the cosmetics industry.

After hearing clients’ amazing testimonies on what the product did, it was so heart-warming and encouraged us to keep going,” Masule said.

Today Ilotu consists of a team of four employees of which fall under Finance, Sales & Marketing, Strategy & Projects and Production.

The business’s target market include middle to high income earners however, Ilotu products are conducive to the Namibian demographic as their products are modified to suit people who are constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions, in particular mine workers, athletes, and physically active children.

Their niche market also includes people with sensitive and problematic skins conditions including and health conscience individuals.

Expansion:

The current goal for the cosmetic business is to get their products onto retail stores and pharmacy shelves. So far, they have just made it into their first shop in Swakopmund namely, Natural Namibia Shop.

Although the business is based in Namibia Mareka Masule has plans to expand the business beyond Namibian borders to other Southern African countries.

Our vision is to be the first choice in body wellness and natural beauty products in Southern Africa,” Masule said.

Our Mission is to educate our customers on the importance of internal and external personal health care and to meet the expectations of all our stakeholders, including our customers, employees, shareholders and others,” she added.

We made sure to attend and to keep attending various Export-Ready Workshops and Networking events, as different countries have slightly different cosmetic product requirements, therefore, its vital for us to make sure we understand exactly what we are getting ourselves into,” she said.

The qualified Graphic Designer is now pursuing her qualification in Skincare & Body Therapy. For more information on her products email ilotu.in@gmail.com or call +264814318581. Operating hours are from 08:30 – 18:00 Monday to Friday. 

Meet Miranda, an entrepreneur that provides vending machines that sell airtime, can buy you electricity, and even pay for your GOTV and DSTV. 

Find out more about this entrepreneur:

Tell us about yourself?

“My name is Miranda Daline, born in Oshakati but grew up and went to school in Swakopmund. I am of Portuguese and Oshiwambo decent therefore I speak Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Tjimbundu, and a bit of Swahili. I always believe that you should treat others the way I want to be treated and always look for the positive side of things. I am a vocal person, tough and yes, I forgive quickly. Making a difference on earth is what I am here for. I always follow my heart, and whatever the outcome is, it is either a blessing or a lesson…I am a born-again Christian…”

What lead you to start your business?

“I have learned that in this world, one salary is never enough, so I pushed to open up a business. Through my business I help employ some of our unemployed youth and I always teach my employees on ways on how to start their own business. Life is becoming so expensive these days and by doing what you love for and extra income will help you get through in life…”

Tell us what your business entails?

“My business was first solely focused on catering but as the years passed I extended it. Currently I have 3 Take away, 2 in Windhoek and 1 in Swakopmund. I have micro lending (cashloan) business, fashion clothing and tailoring company, a recently opened car-wash and I provide vending machines that sell airtime, electricity, pay for GOTV and DSTV.  All of the above-mentioned fall under Planet Miranda.”

How many people does your business employee? (answer if relevant) 

“Currently Planet Miranda has 10 permanent employees and also we employ part time waitresses.”

What struggles have you overcome along the journey?

“My struggles are merely just that not every month you get to make good money, some months are not so profitable . All businesses have their ups and down but I focus on never giving up…”

How can people contact you?

My contact details are as follows:

Cell: 081 319 9347

Email: mirandabusiness1@gmail.com

Facebook: Planet Miranda

Instagram: @planetmiranda

Words of motivation? 

“As long as you have got passion, faith and you are willing to work hard, you can do and be anything you want in this life…”

Monochrome is excited to announce that we’ll be hosting the first ever edition of “The Great Weekend” which is basically a weekend filled with celebrating Namibian creative and lifestyle brands. The Great Weekend is set for 5 – 6 October 2018, all activities will take place at the WolfShack on Macadam Street.

Here is what they have planned:

A BUSINESS IN FASHION BRUNCH

An informative brunch for 20 fashion business owners.

Talks on financing, investors, business management and industry inclusion.

N$ 50 gets you a seat at the table. 

*Speakers include fashion designer Nikola ConradieLeah Misika – fashion designer and member of the fashion council, Ilke Platt of Poiya Media and then they have representatives from the Development Bank of NamibiaGood Women Good Business and the Ministry of Trade.

A SKIN CARE PAMPER PARTY WITH CHRISLA ESSENTIALS

 

A skin care session for 20 people featuring Namibian skin care brand Chrisla Essentials and a skin therapist.

– How to use products

– How to achieve great skin

– Quick Make Up Tutorial by their in house MUA, Melvy Macky.

N$ 70 gets you a skin care lesson and make up tutorial! How Cool?

THEIR ANNUAL FASHION MARKET: THE GREAT POP UP

A full market day for local brands to showcase their apparel and products.

Live DJ, food and drinks to give you the ultimate shopping experience!

N$ 20 dollars gets you in.

Would you like to book a stall for your business? Email: info@monochromemagazine.net

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Would you like to be a part of The Great Weekend in anyway or have any queries? Simply send an email to betty@monochromemagazine.net

When asked this simple question, local musicians Snazzy simply said, “The music industry is a business industry”.

If one were to take a moment and think about most musicians, one would realise that local and international musicians often have a brand and a product that they are marketing to generate revenue.

The skills and knowhow needed to make a successful living as a musician are synonymous to those of an entrepreneur. To create something of commercial value one needs to answer these questions:

  • How will you make a profit?
  • Who will form the majority of your consumer base?
  • On what platform will you stay connected to your consumer base?
  • What makes you and your brand unique?

Once they have considered these questions, many musicians venture out to market their brands to increase sales and expand their fan base in order to have more than one source of income.

Musicians across the board are involved in additional entrepreneurial activities such as starting or representing clothing labels and fragrance lines, and producing music. Some even venture out and start their own record labels.

Furthermore, rising musicians who thrive in today’s economy are those who are innovative enough to address the ever-changing industry. A decade ago the primary concern for a musician was CD sales and booking shows. However, today musicians are forced to learn to promote, market, and manage their brands.

As such we need to realize that even though a musician may not be involved in extra income generating activities, being a musician is being an entrepreneur.

By Alice Indongo (Freelance Writer) 

Saying that the economy is tough at the moment may seem like an understatement. With taxi fares increasing by 20% and salaries remaining stagnant, many Namibians are looking for alternative forms of investment. The need to provide for their families has seen many investing in business ventures that promise high returns in a short period of time.

We have all been approached by a friend or relative who wishes to introduce us to the next best thing investment idea.. Investing in these ventures is simple enough: you pay them N$2 500 and then get four other people to pay you, giving you a N$10 000 return on investment. High returns with minimal effort. But if money was this easy to acquire, wouldn’t we all be rich? When an investment sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So before investing, ask yourself: is this a safe investment or a pyramid scheme?

A pyramid scheme is a business model that promises investors high returns as more members are recruited. Whether selling goods or services, income is solely based on new recruits. If your investment opportunity has the following characteristics, you may be investing in a pyramid scheme:

  • Promise of high monthly income while working from home,
  • Requires an investment in the form of paying for membership or buying products from the company,
  • Places large emphasis on recruiting others to join the business,
  • Has a complex commission policy or marketing plan,
  • Business sells primarily to members and not outside distributors, and
  • Returns sound too good to be true.

However only you have the discretion to decide which investments you make. So next time someone asks you to invest in the next best thing, make sure you’re not being scammed.

Like in many countries, pyramid schemes are illegal in Namibia under the Banking Institutions Act of 1998. If you suspect you are involved in a pyramid scheme, you can contact Bank of Namibia at info@bon.com.na or +264 61 283 5005.

By Ros Limbo (Freelance Writer)