Building success, brick by brick

2008-06-30 00:00

A determined KZN woman who has overcome a variety of obstacles in her life has scooped the Business Partners’ Entrepreneur of the Year monthly award.

Witness Gumbi, a remarkable woman who now operates a building and construction business in rural Inanda, grew up in a single parent household and was forced to abandon her studies to support her family.

She spent eight years making ends meet through dressmaking.

She then decided to use the building skills she acquired from her late father in order to improve the lives of both her family members and the wider community.

Gumbi approached Business Partners in August 2006 in an effort to finance her business idea.

The company, through its Business Partners Khula Start Up Fund, was able to provide Gumbi with equipment, stock and working capital.

She also received significant support from an industrial mentor.

She now employs 19 people and manufactures building blocks and bricks — and also runs a construction business.

Gumbi said that the support she received was instrumental in ensuring the success of her young business.

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