Struggling to find a job can be depressing for some and may lead to a dip in a person’s life. But for some, this is an opportunity to explore new things and dive into untapped territories.
This is exactly the case for Harare’s duo, Mfundo Nyiki and Siyabulela Ndabambi. After endless struggle to get work during the national lockdown, the pair partnered to produced Iqula cologne, a range of fragrance for men and women. At first, the young entrepreneurs started out by manufacturing and selling pillows. But the business did not grow as they had hoped. They then decided try something else and Iqula was born. The cologne is now three-months-old and the pair cannot hide their happiness about their offspring.
They now have 14 distributors around the country.
The duo said after their investigation they noticing there were no young Black entrepreneurs in the province on this field. “We wanted to own something that is not own in our communities or the entire province. We all know a lot of people have be retrenched at the results of this pandemic, so the long vision is to hire people to assist us in realising our dream,” said co-founder Mfundo Nyiki.
Nyiki said they were creating a platform for youth to be part and parcel of their dream.
Ndabambi said in a long run they plan to have different departments and were trying by all means to be as professional as they can.
“We are trying to build our brand, so we will have different departments according to ones qualification. We want to have departments such as research and developments of the product; marketing, public relations and distributors,” said Ndabambi.
He said in future they also want to have their own laboratory which will mean they can also hire people in large scale.
They duo says they have invested a lot in the cologne as they are mainly responsible for the bottling, packaging and branding while the actual cologne is supplied.
“The bigger challenge is not having our own warehouse where we can store the cologne. It is important we get that so the cologne can be stored in a proper place,” said Nyiki.
Ndabambi called for any support they can get from the public to build their brand going forward.
“We appeal on the public help like funds or a temporary structure like a container where can use as our base. Their support will be greatly appreciated,” said Ndabambi.
Nyiki said they are targeting youth between the ages of 18 to 30. “We are basically looking at those ages because we have just started. But when we grow in the long run we will be able to accommodate more people and older than that age,” said Nyiki.
Contact the duo on Facebook, Instagram under Iqula Colognes and on WhatsApp 074 295 0077 or 061 470 7624 for details.