BACHA ben­e­fi­ciary reaps the re­wards

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

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.

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