- Nonceba Sobai once worked as a domestic helper
- She developed an interest in cleaning products and enrolled for training on how to manufacture them
- She started her business, Sobag Trading, in 2009 and now employs six people
A 30-year-old lady in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, went from being a domestic helper to owning her own manufacturing business.
Nonceba Sobai developed an interest in cleaning products while working as a helper, GCIS Vuk'uzenzele reports. She explained:
I was a maid and the household I worked in used cleaning products I had not seen before. I found out they were manufactured in Pietermaritzburg and got in touch with the factory. Soon I was buying and reselling some of their products.
Nonceba became so good at being a reseller that she quit her job and focused on her business. However, she noticed that some of the products were of inferior quality.
This prompted her to enrol for a training course to learn how to manufacture her own cleaning products. Once qualified, she started Sobag Trading in 2009.
Nonceba still faced a huge challenge — raw materials were very expensive. The determined entrepreneur managed to secure funding from Mthatha's Local Economic Development (LED) unit.
Since then, her business has blossomed. She now employs five full-time workers and one part-time chemical engineer.
Her company also supplies local clients, supermarkets, retail shops, and wholesalers in her area.
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