Not all social businesses are funded by impact investors or angels.
who founded the computer refurbishing company Just PCs, set up in his lounge and grew from there.
“Just PCs started 10 years ago out of my f lat after I started buying and selling PCs. I didn’t have a budget, I had no cash f low – I grew it from nothing and basically traded my way up,” Van der Walt told Finweek en route from a sponsored conference for social enterprises.
A decade ago he was trying to make ends meet, but now he’s winning awards and has a 500sq m factory in Blackheath, Cape Town. “We have two retail stores that we supply in the Western Cape, and we’re busy opening up another retail store. We’ve grown so solidly that I am now looking to set up a store in Gauteng.”
Just PCs takes used computers and peripherals, and reconditions them so that they have the same exacting specifications that they would have coming out of a manufacturer’s factory brand new. The machines are sold at a very good