It may be an age old cliché, but for 16-year-old Snikiwe Xaba, it’s true that you can’t let your circumstances define who you are.
Briefly.co.za reported in September that Snikiwe was inspired to star her own skincare products, because she suffered severe pain from her own acne.
She researched how to treat acne, because she could not afford the expensive creams to treat it, and, like their say, the rest is history.
Now, the teen is the owner of Natural Me, her very own skincare range.
He super affordable face wash, toner, day and night cream costs R80 and R90 and is available to purchase online @NaturalMeCare.
She may only be 16, but Snikiwe has proved that she is a business force to be reckoned with.
"I spent most of my time on my phone looking for ideas to improve my business," she told The Sowetan.
Born in a small town just outside Port Shepstone, Izingolweni, Snikiwe was raised in Enqabeni village. This stunning area in KwaZulu-Natal boasts beautiful hills and thick vegetation.
Her rags to riches story began in two rondavels she called home. It’s a testimony of her humble beginnings.
And, although the teen enjoys being her village’s hero, to her parents, she’ll always be a normal girl who helps with chores.
"Every day I have to wake up early to help my mom with preparing breakfast before I go to school. After school, I look after my 13-year-old disabled sister, making sure she eats, and also cook supper for the family."
Her mother and father, Weziwe (53) and Jabulani (58) are bursting with pride.
"I am glad that she did not let her background determine her future. Today we feel honoured to have the media visiting us in our home. I have always encouraged them [his children] to start their own businesses because of scarcity of employment," her father said.
Her mother said that from an early age, Snikiwe was curious.
"She was always helping me to sell sweets and snacks after school. I did not see anything wrong with that because her father and I are both unemployed. I have a matric certificate, but I had to look after her sister who started having fits," she said.
For now, the budding businesswoman is focusing on her school work first. On weekends tough, it’s all business.
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