- Aakifah is a 15-year-old who owns an eco-friendly shoe cleaning product
- She tried many combinations before finding the one and then her and her father found a local manufacture and now sell over 300 bottles a month
- Cleaning her shoes at home and seeing her friends clean theirs, is what lead her to creating the product a she saw a gap in the market
A 15-year-old girl from Ocean View has made headlines for a new cleaning product she has invented to clean those ‘vuil takkies’.
It all started when she was looking for a way to make her dirty takkies look clean again.
Aakifah Slarmie is selling over 300 bottles a month of eco-friendly product. This new liquid cleaning invention of hers is called SneekerClean, and it does not require water.
With the help from her father, Aakifah and her dad managed to find a local manufacturer bringing SneekerClean to life, reported the Daily Voice.
Aakifah said that she spent a lot of time trying different mixes of solution before she found the one. By giving out free samples, she was able to evaluate which one was the best.
Rapper YoungstaCPT, after receiving a bottle from Aakifah, starting selling the product in his pop-up shops. It was after this that Aakifah’s dad assisted her in starting her business.
Aakifah is a Grade 10 pupil at Fish Hoek High School and told Cape Argus that she never in her wildest dreams thought that this would turn into a business and receive the amount of support from others like she has.
“Right now I am nervous and anxious as this is a growing need among teenagers and sneaker lovers."
Briefly.co.za learnt that it was Aakifah’s parent that first introduced her to the exciting world of takkies. Every Eid her parents bought her new takkies making her collection of sneakers grow.
Aakifah outlined that it was a bit frustrating when they had to clean their sneakers. She said the price of cleaning products was too much and none of them were friendly to your shoes and the environment.
She is one of many teens around South Africa who are making their own small businesses into something big. They are taking over, one idea at a time.
SneekerClean is available to purchase at Rocksole, 65 Whale Street or the Y?GEN Apparel & Barber Shop, 139 Wetton Road.
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