MANDISI MABASO, 34
Mah Originals, a 100% cotton baby-wear company started in 2014.
“I noticed that there weren’t any baby clothes available with slogans written in Nguni. Words such as ‘mama’ or ‘baba’ were nowhere to be found. The great thing is, I feel that the words I use on the clothing are universal. Whether you’re Xhosa, Tswana or Zulu, you can relate to the message. I have my day job as a human resources manager and run Mah Originals part time.”
“The company designs its own pictures and logos on the garments, but the clothing items are not manufactured by Mah Originals. I use South African companies to source these, and go to factories. The embroidery is done by a small company in Randburg, Johannesburg. We’re based in Centurion. We have babygros, hats, blankets and clothing sets for newborns. We cater for babies from birth up to two years old, and all operations are done online.”
“Running a business as a working mom and wife can be challenging, but my husband is supportive and allows me to use space in the house to run the business. Mah Originals is nearly three years old and we’re finally starting to make a profit.
“Organising and managing the company with Luleka is a constant juggle. The first 10 years were particularly difficult in terms of consistency and meeting regularly.”
“We struggled to find 2. 3.