- A young South African business owner has shared everything about his rise to success with Briefly.co.za
- Speaking to Briefly, he shares how he used an R1000 loan from his uncle to buy fruit and veggies for his business
- Soon he was selling veg and chicken combo that was ideal for those looking to buy a ready-to-cook meal
Briefly.co.za recently did an exclusive interview with an ambitious young man, Sizwe Nene, who opened up about how he overcame life's usual struggles to become a successful business owner who also helps others achieve the same dream.
According to Sizwe, he lost his mother in 2019, plunging him into a deep depression. After some time, he finally made peace with her untimely death and decided to make something of himself that would make his late mom proud.
"2019 was a mess for me, I had lost my mother in March and couldn't cope with the loss. I found myself free falling from place to place trying to clear my mind."
He then explains how a friend of his had been in the business of selling potatoes, advised him to do the same. With nothing to lose and a family background in retail, Sizwe gave it a shot. Deciding to give it a go, he also came up with an idea that would set his fruit and veg business apart from the rest - by selling a full chicken in a vegetable combo that could be transformed into a meal.
" I went back home and started putting together vegetables combos that would cater for everyone and their unique budgets."
But this wasn't before getting an R1000 loan from an uncle who believed in Sizwe's veg and protein combination. Unlike his uncle, many locals were confused by the idea, a lot of them frowning when approached by Sizwe,
" I was faced with the struggle of selling because here in Durban people didn't actually know this idea of combo box. And it was mainly my neighborhood that didn't get the idea of vegetables in a box with a full chicken.
" I mean who does that. But when I actually explained to people how the vegetable combo box has everything they need for a meal, they saw it as a must-have. Soon I started heading outside my neighborhood and it was an instant success."
Young Sizwe soon saw his business grow, even launch a franchise system that allows other young hopefuls to join in his success. Sizwe hopes to launch his healthy food business all across South Africa and eventually Africa, he says.
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