Lifestyle changes give birth to Yo Coco

Si­nenhlanhla Ndlela is a self­pro­claimed lover of iced desserts, so much so she made a busi­ness out of it by mak­ing dairy-free ice-cream

Sowetan - - Lifestyle - Nt­wasa ■ Thango

Who is Si­nenhlanhla Ndlela?

I don’t even know where to be­gin be­cause Yo Coco is ba­si­cally my life now. I’m orig­i­nally from KwaZu­lu­Na­tal, in the Drak­ens­berg. I did TV writ­ing and post-pro­duc­tion and I also do pho­tog­ra­phy, so I’m a very creative per­son.

How did you fall in love with the busi­ness of mak­ing ice-cream?

I’ve al­ways been in love with ice­cream. It’s so comforting. In 2016, I de­cided that I wanted to ex­clude dairy from my diet, but re­alised I would not be able to have ice-cream. Then I started look­ing into mak­ing my own ice-cream I could en­joy dairy-free. That’s how Yo Coco was born.

What chal­lenges have you faced since you started Yo Coco ice-cream?

I have faced ob­vi­ous chal­lenges like fund­ing. I wasn’t in­ter­ested in busi­ness which is a weird thing now that I’m fully in it.

Be­ing a creative per­son I just love cre­at­ing and not nec­es­sar­ily mak­ing money from cre­at­ing, so I had to just ad­just: how do I keep this pas­sion and still make it prof­itable? Em­ploy­ing peo­ple is hard but I’ve fi­nally made my dream team.

What has been your great­est achieve­ment to date?

I don’t know. You know what, last week I de­liv­ered 150 scoops and yes­ter­day was 100 and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. But when it hap­pened I was like, what? Be­cause, I’ve never had to de­liver so much at once so... I’d say that’s what I have achieved and be­ing able to del­e­gate prop­erly.

What ad­vice do you have for young black women who are also in­ter­ested in start­ing their own busi­nesses?

I’d say go in it with what you find is lack­ing, like don’t go and start some­thing that some­one is al­ready do­ing.

What can we ex­pect in fu­ture?

I work magic ev­ery day. But I feel like just growth, more cities be­cause a lot of our cus­tomers want us to be in Dur­ban, Cape Town, Mpumalanga and just a whole lot of places. – Yo Coco is avail­able to or­der on­line and at se­lected shops.

A love for iced desserts helped cre­ate Yo Coco

Si­nenhlanhla Ndlela

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