By Business Reporter
TRIPHANIA Hamunyela is a mother of four. Like most mothers, her mornings are usually characterised by getting her family ready for the day, before heading off to work.
Between 2007 and 2011, work meant selling kapana on the busiest streets of Ondangwa.
“I have always wanted to work for myself. I had two aims when I started selling kapana – to support my family financially, and to save enough money to enable me to move away from selling kapana into a business where I could make more money. In 2011 after I had saved enough, I closed the kapana business and ventured into selling clothes at the Ondangwa Open Market,” she said.
Hamunyela says the move from selling kapana into clothing brings in more returns and also enables here to travel to other countries such as South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda to buy stock.
Never one to miss an opportunity, Hamunyela recently won first place in the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition, making her the instant winner of N$15 000. She shares that outperforming nine other contestants to take the biggest cash prize in the competition was no easy feat and required careful planning and preparation. “When an opportunity comes, you have to personalise it and take it for yourself. I wanted to win this competition and I knew it would require carefully studying the requirements in order to fulfil them so as to increase my chances of winning. For five years I sold kapana, so I drew from all the lessons I learned during that time and brought it to life during this competition,” she said.
Hamunyela says winning the 2016 Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition has changed her life and the money will enable her to achieve other goals she has set for herself, including expanding her clothing business and buying new stock.
“As street vendors, or as businesses operating from open markets all around the country, we rarely qualify for loans from banks because we don’t produce monthly financial statements. However, I believe that this should not be a factor for us not to push ourselves to do better and bigger things. As an entrepreneur, you will not win in business every day, but the fundamental thing is to keep going, even on the days that you don’t win,” she advised.
She shares her philosophy on money: “Use money to build and to make life better for you”.
Hamunyela says her entrepreneurial skills is something she is instilling in her children as they grow because “I want them to one day be job providers instead of job seekers. Being in business for yourself also teaches you a lot about customer relations, it teaches you how to prioritise spending and look well after your money.”
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