‘Take a leap of faith’

2019-03-05 06:00
Leveen Chetty, owner of Rondebosch Spec-Savers says she is all about feminism and women empowerment.

Leveen Chetty, owner of Rondebosch Spec-Savers says she is all about feminism and women empowerment.

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A young Rondebosch businesswoman, Leveen Chetty, says it is business as usual and has thanked everyone who bore with the inconvenience of moving to the upper-level during the renovations at Fountain Centre.

Chetty, the owner of Rondebosch Spec-Savers, bought the franchise six years ago. In December 2017 she had to temporarily move to the upper-level of the centre for the revamp to take place.

After a year of “struggle” and running the business on the upper-level, she returned to the ground-floor in December last year.

She says the move has negatively impacted on her business. “We lost on business and we had to completely close our doors for two months but we had loyal clients who stuck with us and I am truly thankful,” says Chetty.

She adds that business survives through clients and it is her priority to make sure her clients are satisfied and understand anything that affects them.

Chetty is one of few women successfully running an optometry business on their own.

“It was challenging at first and it felt as though people perceived me in a different way, possibly weaker due to my age and sex,” she says.

“As time passed and as I developed a greater understanding and resilience to the business world around me, I grew in a sense of becoming more decisive, firmer and focused. The result and impact of the hard work paid off and we are privileged to have made it this far.’”

Chetty learnt all about business from her father.

He was her pillar for the first few years before his passing in 2015.

Chetty never looked back. She is now advising other young women to start businesses.

“If you have a dream, take the first step, take a leap of faith even if it fails at least you know you had tried. We learn a lot through failure and getting back up again,” Chetty says.

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