Local teenager creates business empire with R200 while still in school

Local teenager creates business empire with R200 while still in school

- Phetho Makhadi got a R200 gift from his mother for his birthday in 2016

- He used it to start his own clothing line

- He designs caps and shoes and markets them on his Facebook profile

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An 18-year-old entrepreneur from Ha-Magidi in Limpopo owns his own clothing line, proving that it's never too early to start a business.

Phetho Makhadi started the label, called FLEX, in 2016 using the R200 his mom gave him as a gift on his birthday, Briefly.co.za learned.

According to Daily Sun, Phetho started off by designing caps and shoes. He then marketed them on his Facebook profile.

The young entrepreneur explained:

One thing led to another and today I have five cap designs, three T-shirt blueprints and two shoe patterns. My latest design is the Flex Cruise shoe, which is doing very well.

He sometimes had to use his pocket money to cover business expenses. He never shied away from delivering merchandise to clients on foot.

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With Phetho's success came a sense of social responsibility. He recently donated woollen beanies to pupils at Tshilidzini Special School.

His ambition is to make his clothing line a household name in South Africa and internationally. He said, "I’d like to see my brand going international and being sold at popular shops."

As revealed on his Facebook profile, Phetho also works as a photographer.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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