KZN girl, 16, creates thriving skincare business while still in school

KZN girl, 16, creates thriving skincare business while still in school

- Snikiwe Xaba is the founder of Natural:Me®, a skincare brand

- She comes from a poor family and her skin problems inspired her interest in skincare products

- She started her company in December 2017 even though she's just 16 years old

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A 16-year-old girl from KwaZulu-Natal has started her own skincare business despite being still in school.

Snikiwe Xaba founded skincare brand Natural:Me® in December 2017, learned. In a post on the brand's Facebook page, Snikiwe said:

[Natural:Me®] is committed to produce the purest products and to promote clean, healthier living.

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Snikiwe comes from a poor background and her parents have been unemployed for a long time. She even sold sweets in primary school to help her family make ends meet.

The young entrepreneur's skin problems in her early teens ignited her interest in skin care products. She discovered a gap in the market for quality but affordable skincare products.

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After extensive research, she started her company. Her main challenges were raising capital and finding the right manufacturing partner. Luckily, everything fell into place.

Snikiwe's company manufactures four products — Facewash, Skin Toner, Day Cream, Night Cream. Its facilities are SABS approved.

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Snikiwe urged other young South Africans to venture into entrepreneurship:

It's never too early or too late to start. No matter who you are, no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.

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