- Bulela Moloi started off by cleaning municipal dustbins in Dunoon for free
- He soon started charging residents a small monthly fee
- It's now a thriving business employing 4 workers
An enterprising man in Dunoon, Cape Town, has built a thriving business simply by washing municipal dustbins.
32-year-old Bulela Moloi was previously unemployed and had no business experience, capital, or networks, GroundUp reports.
He started off by cleaning the bins for free in 2016. He then started charging residents a small monthly fee, Briefly.co.za learned.
Before long, his client base grew and he works every Monday, Thursday and Friday — days the municipality empties the dustbins.
Bulela now employs four workers to help him with his business. He said he never experiences payment problems because residents appreciate what he does.
The dad-of-four added:
I am a social entrepreneur. I always [think of] how I can help people, which is the social side, but I also look at how I can help myself economically because jobs are scarce in this area.
With his income, he has purchased pressure washing equipment. However, he is makes sure his water consumption is within Cape Town's restrictions.
Bulela now plans to purchase a bakkie to help transport the dustbins to and from his washing site.
He added that a generator would also greatly reduce his electricity costs and boost profits because his client base is ever expanding.
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