Fast food and quick growth
During a Socionext five-day workshop in 2016 one of the participants realised there was a gap in the market as the local villagers had to go into town approximately twenty kilometers away to get cooked food.
The idea was to open a local franchise of "ChesaNyama", one of the fastest growing food franchises in the country.
The team obtained an initial startup capital of 200 ZAR (10 euros) and an interest free loan of ZAR 500 loan (30 euro) from Socionext. Within two days they managed to start selling meat with pap (a traditional South African porridge made from maize) and salad at a cheaper price to the community. During this period they gained valuable feedback, experience and sales, which even left them with a small profit.
The business that resulted from this workshop is now run by Siyabonga Bashe. It has seven employees with an estimated monthly income of 20.000 ZAR (1200 euros), and it operates from a small shack in the rural areas of Seven Fountains. There is a grocery store, a pool table and of course ChesaNyama. On top of that there is entertainment every weekend which attracts even more customers.