Sixteen kidpreneurs from Nozala Primary School sold their wares at Central Media Park, Bloemfontein, as part of an initiative through the Young Entrepreneurs Programme. The business-savvy young ones made and sold necklaces, rings and other accessories after taking part in the fifteen-week programme to develop their financial acumen.
The local school has been active in the initiative since 2016 in order to encourage extramural activities among learners. Teacher Nomalanga Tola Mtiki said that learners enjoy creating and selling their products with their friends. “What I like most about the programme is that the kids enjoy it a lot. They are happy to help each other and parents also support it,” stated Mtiki.
She added that learners have developed a much better understanding of money matters and responsibility. “When you ask them what they do with their money, you can see that they are responsible because most of them choose to save it. One of them told me that she bought shoes with the money she made,” she said.
The kidpreneurs are between the age of nine and twelve and had stalls displaying their handmade crafts. Sinothando Ngogodo explained that she wanted to become a businesswoman one day. “I have learned how to be friendly and get to know people better, which I enjoy. I also love to make things like small jewellery pieces for the neck and hands. I have always dreamed of becoming a businesswoman. I like it that I can learn a lot while I’m still young,” Ngogodo said.
“I feel happy that I can make my own stuff and make money because I am saving for Christmas,” said Sibahle Ngubesilo. The group included both boys and girls who will continue with a 15 week financial literacy programme in January. “Young Entrepreneurs Programme teaches me how to save money and to share with my friends,” said Simphiwe Ntantsiso.
The programme’s Wesna Steenkamp stated that the youngsters began a similar programme for ages seven to eight years. “They finished this 15-week programme and concluded it with this market day. After this they will learn more about money, banks and tax,” she added. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele