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Pic caption: Thulisa Mondliwa is determined to make it with her natural cosmetic range while creating employment for EC youth.
Thulisa Mondliwa is one of many highly educated young people in the province who after completing her studies, found herself sitting at home and feeling despondent after many failed attempts of seeking employment. Instead of being swallowed by self-pity and dejection, her eagerness to achieve compelled the 29 year old to dig deep. She knew that she had to explore her resourcefulness and come up with other means to make a living, the expertise she learned from varsity came in handy and she decided to start a hair and skin care rage called Afrikare.
“I was raised by single parent in Butterworth and I also had a child at a young age, and so for the longest time it was always been my dream to achieve as a way of showing gratitude to my mother for the good job she did raising me through hardship. I soon realised that it was not to be after completing my Bachelor of Science Degree and Geography and my post-graduate diploma in Enterprise Management, as another challenge stood in my way because I could not secure employment. I did not see myself just sitting and doing nothing, that is when I decided to use my knowledge. “
She said she knew from the beginning that she needed to come up with a product that was different and attractive to customers, and her plan was to keep her product as natural as possible because of the advantages of doing it that way.
“Afrikare is a hair range, body butters, lip butters and perfume oils which are handmade. The aim behind producing them like this was that I want to keep them in their natural state because machinery will alter it and I did n’t want to contaminate the products. The other reason is that I wanted the process of producing the product to be labour intensive, so that I create employment because I know how it feels to be unemployed,” she said.
Her advice to young is to do away with the mentality that today’s youth cannot change their predicament and must dream big.