Hope Market provides platform for small business owners
HER ambition has always been to help others succeed and reach their dreams.
In her quest to fulfill that ambition, Hope Tsebetsebe who is the owner of Mphope restaurant which sells African attires, beads, and pots to name a few, had established a flea market in the heartland of Big-boy complex in Lebowakgomo where small business owners display their products and services for everyone who finds themselves in Lebowakgomo to see.
Hope Market is the name of the Pop-up Market which invites everyone to advertise their products and services regardless of where advertisers come from.
According to Tsebetsebe, she came up with this idea on the basis that she noticed that there are plenty of businesses which produce beautiful products which are unique but with less recognition from the public because they did not have platforms to display their products to potential customers.
She hosts the event once a month and has kicked off in August where business owners who sell also African Attires, food and carved statues of animals and humans are provided with spaces to advertise. Singers, Brass band and an academy which teaches kids Ballroom dancing were also welcomed to showcase their talents.
She said that they knew how difficult it is to locate potential customers and have always been saddened by grievances from people whose businesses were not booming due to lack of exposure.
“Our second event was held earlier this month and we can tell that we have seen positive returns in our businesses since we have started with this initiative and it is with pleasure to mention that a large number of businesses people came forward to advertise during the second event following the attention our pop-up market received which we held in the previous month. We are still not content with the numbers because we believe that there are still other artists out there which require the recognition most of the businesses have received since joining this initiative. Therefore we invite anyone in the business sector to come forward and we would appreciate it if people outside from Lebowakgomo could also come and advertise, ”she said.
Humphrey Sechaba who is a photographer and one of the advertisers at the pop-market at Lebowakgomo said that “ever since we have started advertising there I have received a plethora of phone calls from customers who have always been looking for someone to provide such services. I have been booked on a number of occasions such as weddings, Graduations ceremonies, and birthday parties to take photos”.
Sechaba who specialises in Arial photography said that he encourages other business owners to materialise and assured them that they will have positive results to their business.
Motlalepule Sebetha who is a Gospel Singer and also sings Sepedi wedding songs said that she that ever since she was seen at the market performing, she has since been booked from the 4th of November until December to perform at weddings. “Sales have increased on my CD’s and I still receive calls from customers for me to deliver them and I have been receiving compliments while performing at Hope Market and I would appreciate recognition from other provinces so that my career receives the attention it deserves”. Sebetha said.
SUPPORTIVE: Hope Tsebetsebe established a flea market in the Big-boy complex in Lebowakgomo where small business owners display their products.