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Beneficiary of the week: Maraba Manor
Keneilwe Maluse from Vryburg in the North West Province is a 32-year-old owner of Maraba Manor, a private house offering accommodation to paying guests.
She studied Chemical Engineering but decided to take a turn and focus on her own business, which started with only two rooms. Maraba Manor has about four rooms to date. To guarantee that her guests receive a cosy and comfortable stay, as in one's own home, the NYDA assisted the young aspiring entrepreneur with a Grant Funding of R44 059 to purchase furniture including beds, microwave ovens and fridges.
The young and vibrant Keneilwe said the support she received from the NYDA impacted her business greatly as she is now receiving plenty of bookings from neighboring towns, due to the improved experience that she has been able to sell to her clients. As her business is growing rapidly, Keneilwe plans to open another branch soon. Maraba Manor has about two full-time staff members currently.
She encourages young entrepreneurs to exercise persistence and asserts that those in the Hospitality Industry should constantly strive to provide a hygienic and honest service to clients.