Prestbury woman launches her own brand

2017-12-13 06:00
Nodumo Mayekiso with some of her shoes and earrings at the launch of her brand.PHOTO:supplied

Nodumo Mayekiso with some of her shoes and earrings at the launch of her brand.PHOTO:supplied

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GROWING up with her carpenter father inspired her to do whatever she wanted to using her hands.

Nodumo Myekiso from Prestbury recently launched her brand, Sdoo Brand, which deals mostly with shoes and earrings, at the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens.

Myekiso said it was always her dream to become an entrepreneur using her hands.

“My dad mostly used his hands to make a living, and as a ‘daddy’s girl’ I was destined follow in his footsteps.

“I was very comfortable using my hands to create whatever it was I wanted. “When I was 13 I started changing my clothes and making them the way I wanted them to be.

“I braided people’s hair, which is when I realised I have a talent using my hands.

“I have always been inspired by building or creating solutions that will have a positive impact on others.”

However, Myekiso did not follow her dream when she finished matric in 2014, instead she studied information technology at Megamasters Learning Solutions. “I don’t know why I studied IT because I don’t even like it. Maybe it was peer pressure because most of my friends studied IT after matric.

“I started working in the IT industry after my studies, but in 2015 I quit to follow my passion, which is using my hands.

“I knew that for me pursue my dream would take a lot of blood, sweat and tears and would mean giving up and sacrificing my pleasures.
“I had a lot of challenges when I started this brand, but because I knew what I wanted I never gave up.
“Sometimes you start something of your own and then you see that people have copied it, that was very challenging for me.
“I am so happy I managed to pull through though.”

She said the aim of her brand is to highlight two traits of her personality, her creative, stylish side and her artisan side. She said although her brand is still young she wants to grow it into a recognised brand.

“I want this brand to create employment and make a difference in disadvantaged communities. I will soldier on every day and grow it.”

Her items will be available in a Pietermaritzburg store soon.

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