From homeless man to successful business owner, meet Tebogo Mabye

From homeless man to successful business owner, meet Tebogo Mabye

- Tebogo Mabye went from being homeless to opening up his own business

- His love for coffee has turned into a successful coffee shop

- His inspiring story moved the Lions Rugby team to help him

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Tebogo Mabye who prefers to be known as Tebza, has a story that is sure to inspire many. He grew up living in shelters in Hillbrow as he and his mother were homeless.

While his mother was out looking for work, Tebza became involved with the ‘Mould Empower Serve’ organisation. He called it a turning point in his life.

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From homeless man to successful business owner, meet Tebogo Mabye

Source: Facebook/Tebogo Kobus Mabye
Source: Facebook

The organisation works in the inner city and helps mentor the youth. Tebza says that it developed him to the person he is today. It was at this organisation that he was introduced to coffee, and he loved it instantly. Speaking to, he said:

“Brewing coffee became a daily thing for me, especially when I started working for MES as an intern, I would start my day with a cup of coffee and drinking coffee became a culture in the office, whenever we had meetings with my mentor and manager we would have it at a coffee shop or just have meetings while drinking coffee"

Through that, he had a dream to someday open up his own coffee shop so that he could be able to inspire the youth and kids in Hillbrow to go out and reach for their dreams.

Tebza has opened his coffee shop and paid homage to his home town by calling it the ‘Hillbrewed Coffee Co’. His dream was finally alive and thriving. But the business was quiet, and things were difficult.

The Lions Rugby players heard his story and started to support the coffee shop.

“The Lions Rugby players were a huge turning point for the business, before they started coming through for their morning coffee and sandwich we were not meeting our daily target and I couldn’t pay the guys that were helping me, couldn’t even pay myself, but now since the players come through almost every day I am able to pay the guys I work with and also pay the bills.”

The team has brought life back to Tebza’s dream and helped his business succeed.

“I am honestly grateful to have them come through, they always bring up my spirit whenever they come through and just always motivate me and give me some advice"

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Not only does Tebza hope to see his business grow, he now has dreams to use it to better organisations like MES and improve the lives of inner-city children.

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