Boss lady at 15

This sister is doing it for herself and her community.

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Mbali started her business after identifying an opportunity to help her community. This is how she did it.

I’m an urban farmer in Phefeni, Soweto. Being an urban farmer means that I use spaces that are available around me to grow my vegetables, like a back yard.

I got my business idea in 2015 after the vendor I bought vegetables from, Elastin, told me that she was closing her stall because her supplier was closing their business. I decided to become a vegetable supplier.

I asked my mother if I could turn our back yard into a vegetable patch to plant tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, onions, potatoes, and carrots.

My mom has farming experience. She taught me how to prepare land for farming and other skills, like how to control insects that destroy plants. Some things I learned from the Internet, like how many cabbage seeds to put in each hole.

My mother also helps take care of the farm during the week while I’m at school. I look after it on weekends.

Three months after planting my first seeds, I had my first harvest and started supplying produce to vendors. I charge R800 for five batches of carrots, four large sacks of potatoes, ten large cabbages, two crates of spinach, 12 kilos onion and tomatoes.

My business has grown so much that I now use land that belongs to two schools in my community to farm. I also employ four people.

Even though running a business is not easy or something many girls think about, I encourage you to.

I’m proud that I help my community to eat fresh vegetables that they can buy at an affordable price. Girls can do anything they put their minds to, including being a boss lady.

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momodacutiegurl1

I also wanna be a boss lady

Sept. 21, 2022, 9:32 a.m.

Piyaa

Mbali u are so brave

Sept. 8, 2022, 2:28 a.m.

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Adity

Thank you may god bless you

Zama

Now that's female empowerment ✌️✌️

Aug. 22, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

KayDee1020

My inspiration 🥰🥰😍😍

Aug. 7, 2022, 4:08 p.m.

You r a genius Mbali & u did a inspiring thing & it teaches us to do the same😊😊😊

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

Mbali your story is very inspiring and shout out to every girl out there,you guys are really queens 💁👑👑

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Mbali thank you for showing us and proving to us that we can do anything that we put our mind too. Thank you girl:D and keep up the good work:*

Mbali am inspired by your story#keep insipiring people who losed hope

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

Me too u were so brave girl

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

Wow that's so nice .... I would like to be a boss lady one day

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

Hey guys ma first tym but girl wow♥u really inspire me

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

So i had this abusive relationship tried to brake up with the guy guess wat he tried to kill us in a car accident but luckily we suvived and now the guy wants me back wat do i do go back or wat pls help me

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Thanks for sharing your story. It's important to seek assistance from a trusted adult, unfortunately we can not speak to you directly. You can contact Life Line where you will find friendly, caring counsellors who are available 24 hours a day. Contact them if you or someone you know has been or are still being abused physically, sexually, financially, mentally and emotionally. Don't forget to their 24 hour line 0800 150 150 Call: 0800 150 150 24 hours Website: www.lifelinesa.co.za/243-2/

Hy

You go girl. Uplifting the community

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

I'm still 18 and I want to start a business but the NYDA cannot fund me and people who I consider as mentors disappear...I don't know what to do

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Thank you for your comment. You can contact Dream Girls South Africa where you'll find access to a group of successful women mentors who will inspire you to achieve your dreams and goals through sharing their stories with you and connecting you with bursaries and opportunities. They work through the concept of mind, heart and head because they address different areas of your life to empower you. Contact them if you want to launch your own business or want to study but have a lack of funds. Don’t forget to visit their website www.dadfund.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be part of their community. Girls SA (@DreamGirlsSA) | Twitter Website: www.dadfund.org

Thank you for the reply... Unfortunately their website is said to be unavailable but I will try and call Ezlyn Barends who is said to be part of the program

(((Wow thats so nice dont gave up pls

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

That's good... Just don't give up

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Bitso wam I'm also Monica....•_•

an entrepreneur you creative and I adour your independent gud luck on your success

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

You are an inspiration I adore your lively,encouraging spirit. Thank you for thi inspiring story

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

Nice

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

my dream is to run my own business💼👔👖

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Springster. That's great. REsearch the kinds of businesses that you could potentially run and what you can do now to help achieve your dream. You can do it. Good luck!

I think I could join you mbali but if I get so tips 🙋

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

I really want to do something too but the problem is I CME frm Zimbabwe wen I was grade 4 then I study hre until grade 10...I don't hv South African I D and passport also so wen I was grade 10 I went back to Zimbabwe to finish my studies.... My mom is a domestic worker en my dad left us wen I was very young I dnt even remember hw he luks like. ..I did my O level in Zimbabwe thn my mom couldn't get me money to go further wth studies lyk to go to university or college to do a course .... So i decided to CME back to stay wth my mom coz in Zimbabwe lyf is very tough also. ...wen I CME here I started my own job lyk I ask my mom fr capital R500 and she gave me thn I opened my market in town I used to sell sweets, cigarettes, chappies, snacks, airtym and my mom also gave me her public fon to used... I sell fr only a months en the police started to chase pple away I was runing lyk everyday until my mom told me to stop coz she was afraid could get arrested... But frm thn I CNT find a job coz I have no Matric, noID no work permit too. I am a hardworking gal en I cn do everything a normal person cn do...I hv dreams to fulfil I am a musician I hv my own songs , I wrote poems en also novels but without job I won't get anyway even one day I don't knw wat to do ....I dnt hv money to go to Zimbabwe to get the passport yet... I even wsh to do my Matric hre coz I knw tht studying here is very cheap en easy I cn pass wth flyng colours en go to university but I dnt hv ID too everything is jst hell I don't knw wat to do anymre. I have even tried to search fr jobs in Career24 but they want Matric even as a house girl thy want work permit en I don't hv both I am jst myself...plz help me wat should I actually do I don't knw anymore

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Swee. Thanks for sharing your comment with us. This must be a very difficult time for you. I would recommend you speak to your family about raising money to fix your passport so that you can get your matric certificate. That way you can look for well paying jobs or even bursaries to study further. You have options but not having a permit is limiting your options so i recommend you fix that first. Good luck!

Please attend that abet gal nvu will get ur matric, that how I got to matric.....all the best

Wow I never thought young girls can do business in farming

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Girls are capable of anything Divine, even the unthinkable,=. Impossible is nothing if you have an idea and a desire to be great. Girls are amazing.

This is so inspirational. Start with what you have really works when you are starting up a business!

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

Hy gal, U just touched me with ur story that bcz I understand how its feels to feel stucked....I recommend that u attend abet since u have grade 7...there's a new programme introduced of people with no high school qualification to attend. If u hv grade 7 u already qualify after that one year in that abet u will qualify fr matric.....that how it's works and all the best....hope u keep well...if u can't go register plz keep me updated so I can try to assist u

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

way to go Sisi your plan is innovative , hope you will heat the waves increasing your suppliers . .# the next big thing

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Wow u so clever darling

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Wow u so clever darling

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

keep up the good work baby Girl! that's so amazing :)

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

keep up the good work baby Girl! that's so amazing :)

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Very amazing❤she's my African Queen✌👌👌

Well done Mbali💯you are my role model❤

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Wow Mbali..You've already inspired me to stand up for myself and become an entrepreneur at an early age❤You've done it well keep it up🙌

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hey Springster, thank you for your comment. We are glad you feel inspired!

wow mbali,,u really inspired me,,

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

I waѕ an A ѕтυdenт υnтιl I вecaмe poor ιn мy ѕcнool worĸ ..I waѕ preѕѕυrιzed вy ғrιendѕ. Iт вe a caмe dιғғιcυlт тo recover мy ѕcнool worĸ . Soмe ѕтranger caмe тo мe and ѕaιd I мυѕт мaĸe or cнooѕe good ғrιendѕ ,I never lιѕтened .I jυѕт wanтed тo ғιт ιn тнe groυp . тнιѕ ιѕ now ĸιllιng мe вecaυѕe I aм ѕтrυgglιng aт ѕcнool and мy relaтιonѕнιp wιтн мy мoм ιѕ geттιng вad вecaυѕe I waѕ an A ѕтυdenт

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

we gιrlѕ ѕнoυld alwayѕ learn тo вe ιndependenт😊😊😊😊😊😊

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

we gιrlѕ ѕнoυld alwayѕ learn тo вe ιndependenт😊😊😊😊😊😊

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Well done sisi keep it up, you're my inspiration at your age you came up with some thing wonderful and powerful. You're going to make it big in life, God bless you in abundance.

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hello Mzalwane We agree with you she is such an inspiration and we can all learn something from her.

I want to start my own business company

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Doing what?

Wow! This is very inspiring 🙊

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

😍😍😍😍

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

You go girl

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

You go girl

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

inspiring ❣️you go girl 💅💅

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

You go girl.

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Nice girl . That's how we girls do it

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hi Naty05 We are glad you are inspired.

P/s tell how you started to be your own boss

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.