Sparkling laun­dry a rosy deal for lo­cals

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - More Mat­shediso

Agroup of five young women from Katle­hong in Ekurhu­leni have come to­gether and opened a laun­dry ser­vice busi­ness af­ter bat­tling to find em­ploy­ment.

Rosy Vi­sion Mul­ti­pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive is a youth owned laun­dry ser­vice busi­ness which was es­tab­lished by the five young women.

“We were frus­trated by unem­ploy­ment and thought we should come to­gether and do laun­dry for peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. We saw a mar­ket be­cause com­mu­nity mem­bers used to travel to town to get their laun­dry done,” said chair­per­son of the co­op­er­a­tive, Nelisiwe Skosana (29).

Although their co­op­er­a­tive was reg­is­tered in 2016, they only started op­er­at­ing in 2017.

She ex­plains that at the in­cep­tion of the busi­ness, they used to hand-wash and iron for their cus­tomers since they did not have the necce­sary equip­ment.

But with a bit of re­search on how to grow their es­tab­lish­ment, they at­tended a Busi­ness Man­age­ment Train­ing course fa­cil­i­tated by the Na­tional Youth Devel­op­ment Agency (NYDA).

This was fol­lowed by an­other Co­op­er­a­tive Gover­nance Train­ing course which opened the doors to the laun­dry busi­ness re­ceiv­ing about R44 000 fund­ing from the NYDA to pur­chase equip­ment.

“We now have two in­dus­trial wash­ing ma­chines, one in­dus­trial dryer, four irons, three iron­ing boards, cloth­ing stands, a scale, four bas­kets and one big bucket - thanks to fund­ing from the NYDA,” said Skosana.

“The train­ing that we at­tended has helped us to man­age our busi­ness bet­ter in terms of han­dling fi­nances, form­ing part­ner­ships and im­prov­ing cus­tomer ser­vices,” she ex­plained. The busi­ness has grown from be­ing op­er­a­tional two days in a week to be­ing open every day.

“The de­mand is grow­ing and we are look­ing for a big­ger op­er­at­ing space and to even­tu­ally hire more peo­ple,” she said.

FUND­ING FROM the NYDA helped a group of young peo­ple to es­tab­lish a grow­ing busi­ness.

Chair­per­son of the Rosy Vi­sion Mul­ti­pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive Nelisiwe Skosana says thanks to the NYDA, they where able to grow their busi­ness.

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