Life is sweet for young entrepreneurs

Bonolo Buti and Reabetswe Khakhane

The side hustling idea of Bonolo Buti (18) and her best friend, Reabetswe Khakhane (17), has led to two young women starting their own small business called R&B Candies.

Both Buti and Khakhane are currently in matric at Eunice High School. “We are both the eldest in our families and that’s where we mainly get our independence and maturity from. We have been friends throughout high school. We both dream of becoming big entrepreneurs.” Buti told Bloemfontein Courant.

R&B Candies was established in November 2020 and the idea was sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic as it made them realise the importance of helping in their households. According to Khakhane, they wanted to ensure they sell a product that everyone would enjoy. “Therefore we decided to sell locally sourced sour sweets in clear plastic cups and glass jars at reasonable prices and also customising cups by adding chocolates and marshmallows.”

At the moment, Buti and Khakhane do not have a fixed delivery service. “We give our customers the option of picking up their order at a meeting point such as a nearby mall or shopping centre, personally collecting their order, or by paying an extra fee for a transport delivery service,” they explain.

“We hope to receive larger orders where people order in bulk and for small events and functions such as birthday parties, baby showers, get together events and so forth, especially once the pandemic settles down.”

You can support this small business by sending them a message on Instagram @r_and_b_ candies and on Whatsapp @ 081 818 7775 (Reabetswe) or @ 067 952 9495 (Bonolo).

Justine Fortuin