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Beneficiary of the week: Mandi and Prich BlackCotton

Two vibrant aspiring young entrepreneurs from Mpumalanga are the owners of Mandi and Prich BlackCotton, an establishment that specialises in designing and sewing of personalised accessories.

Ms. Mandisa Bianca Mnisi obtained her Level 2 Certificate in Design and Craft-Fashion from one of the Colleges in Mpumalanga. With Mr. Prechard Laureen Shiloane’s savings, the pair was able to purchase material to start their business. They identified a market in Mpumalanga, particularly in the Ehlanzeni Region after carefully conducting their research.
They started manufacturing backpacks, targeting pre-schools, teenagers, youth and adults. Due to high demand of their products, the young aspiring entrepreneurs approached the NYDA Mbombela Branch for financial assistance. The agency approved a Grant Funding of R36 929, 00 for the partners to purchase sewing machines and stock. They were further assisted with a Financial Management Voucher to help them with their finances.
The company has since grown to such an extent that they continuously receive orders from various provinces including Limpopo, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.