Life­style pro­file – Mikie Monoketsi

Kim­ber­ley-born MIKIE MONOKETSI, 38, started her own spice range, Mama’s Spice.

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Af­ter her di­vorce, Mikie Monoketsi wanted to do things that would take her mind off the stress. Fit­ness be­came her es­cape.

“While at the gym, I over­heard two women talk­ing about some­one who owned a spice com­pany. I ap­proached them to find out more about it and when I even­tu­ally met the lady in ques­tion, she was fas­ci­nated with my ideas,” says Mikie.

A few months later, she joined the spice com­pany and be­came the face of the prod­uct; she also be­came an equal busi­ness part­ner. “Their aim was to tar­get the town­ship mar­ket, which is where I grew up. I had kept my con­tacts from the pre­vi­ous com­pany I worked for, and I’m also ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, so I could tap into that mar­ket.”

A year later, Mikie parted ways with the spice group. “But I was still able to ac­cess the spices and I con­tin­ued to sell them on my own. In 2012, I reg­is­tered my busi­ness, Mama Spices.”

Soon af­ter that, Mikie ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent tea mixes that can detox and re­lieve ab­dom­i­nal bloat­ing. She launched the now pop­u­lar Flat Stom­ach Tea in Oc­to­ber 2015. “I went to a lab­o­ra­tory and worked with food tech­nolo­gies un­til I got the right con­sis­tency and then launched the Flat Stom­ach Tea. Ev­ery­thing is nat­u­ral and con­tains no preser­va­tives or colourants. What’s cru­cial is us­ing the cor­rect amount of herbs.”

Now Mikie is act­ing as a dis­trib­u­tor of the Flat Stom­ach Tea. “I hire other peo­ple to buy and sell for me; the out­come is great be­cause they’re com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the brand.

“Most of my sup­pli­ers use so­cial me­dia to ad­ver­tise and to grow the busi­ness.”

Mikie says from the Flat Stom­ach Tea she was able to add new prod­ucts to the range. “I have teamed up with a com­pany that makes shakes. There are dif­fer­ent flavours,” she adds.

“I’ve re­ceived great re­views so far about the prod­ucts. They’re well re­ceived in the lo­cal mar­ket and across bor­ders too.

“One morn­ing I ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents to add to my oats. I posted the re­sult on Face­book and started get­ting re­quests. The fu­ture looks bright for Mama Spices. Here’s to af­ford­able well­ness!”

ABOVE: SOME OF THE SPICES MIKIE SELLS AND THE POP­U­LAR SHAKE.

BE­LOW: THE FLAT STOM­ACH TEA IS A HIT WITH HEALTH FA­NAT­ICS.

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