BACHA beneficiary reaps the rewards
A YEAR after winning start-up capital from the Bacha Entrepreneurship Project, the owners of Kemet Designs and Creations say they are reaping the rewards through increased production, acquisition of more equipment, labour and industrial linkages.
Last April, Kemet Designs and Creations were awarded M174 698.73 as part of the M500 000 prize award from Bacha Entrepreneurship Project.
The project was a collaborative effort by the Lesotho Revenue Authority, Basotho Entrepreneurship Development Corporation and Standard Lesotho Bank aimed at stemming the rising tide of youth unemployment by equipping young people with entrepreneurship skills.
In an interview with Lesotho Times this week, company representative Teboho Moekoa said the company had since acquired four sewing machines and recruited two employees on a permanent basis. He said they intent to hire casual workers whenever they receive large orders requiring extra labour.
Prior to winning the award, Kemet was operated by two people, director Teboho Moekoa and partner Thabang Ntsohi. The duo had been in the textile industry for five years trading their unique handcrafted leather, synthetic leather and denim products.
“In addition to creating employment, we are now producing at much higher capacity than before as a result of the partnerships we have established. For instance, we secured a lucrative deal with a big company which is responsible for producing Basotho blankets but right now I am not at liberty to reveal the name of that company,” Mr Moekoa said.
“They are mentoring us so that we improve the quality of our wares. Since we make our bags from material that is used for bedding, they have designed a special blanket material which is highly resistant to forming bobbles to prevent our product depreciating quickly.”
“We have also been taken under the wing of another company that is based in Cape Town (South Africa) which will help us to market our products internationally. We have a scarf in our line that has been showcased at a fashion show in Italy with the help of that company.”
On the local front, Mr Moekoa revealed that Kemet was recently contracted to supply sports gear to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) for their softball and cheerleading teams.
“We are making strides as we did when we supplied NUL with the sports gear. In addition, we
“One of our targets for 2016 is to erect a factory shell at a site we secured in Ha-matala. We hope to achieve that within the next six months so that we can operate in a bigger place before the year ends. Whenever we expand the business, we will always locate it within a community.”
Kemet Designs and Creations partners thabang Ntsohi (left) and teboho moekoa.