Winner makes hobby a career

2018-10-17 06:00
Makgosi Motlolometsi, founder of Makgosi Creations.

Makgosi Motlolometsi, founder of Makgosi Creations.

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A Bloemfontein beadwork maker, the owner of Makgosi Creations, has struck it rich in Shoprite’s Hustle competition.

Makgosi Motlolometsi is one of the 36 winners in this national entrepreneurship competition. The winners are all small business owners. Each has received a cash injection and marketing support valued at over R70 000.

The competition is open to all small business owners with an annual turnover not exceeding R1 million. It is aimed at empowering and enabling winners to sustain their businesses. This year’s competition closed in September.

Based in Bloemfontein, Motlolometsi hopes to take her business to another level after receiving the financial boost to market and support her beadwork business.

Beadwork designing used to be just a hobby of Motlolometsi, who never realised there was more in it.

As a high school learner, she started designing and producing neckpieces as a beadwork hobby. However, soon friends and family started placing orders.

By the time she had completed her degree in Human Resources Management, Motlolometsi decided to make her hobby a career, and Makgosi Creations was established.

“I have never looked back since my decision to pursue beadwork as a career,” said Motlolometsi.

Her ability to design a range of eye-catching beadwork accessories enabled her business to thrive, creating employment for two permanent staff members. The business supplies to two shops in Johannesburg.

Earlier this year, Motlolometsi and her team represented the Free State and South Africa at the Torino Fashion Week in Italy. There they showcased the beauty of their handcrafted work.

Having already had a taste of success, Motlolometsi dreams of further growth.

She said she hoped to attend local and international exhibitions to purchase additional material and create jobs within her local community.

Empowering people with disabilities is something Motlolometsi feels strongly about.

She said she hoped to empower people with disabilities, the youth and women of South Africa with the possibilities that beadwork can bring.

I have never looked back since my

decision to

pursue beadwork as a career.

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