The scents of Africa and footwear to secure your future

Doringkop’s very own passionate entrepreneur Nkanyiso Mngoma is building a sustainable business in school shoes and perfume making. The businessman from the small settlement inland of KwaDukuza has distributed more than 10 000 shoes around the country and hopes to expand to other African countries. The shoe business came to him after he was regularly […]

Doringkop’s very own passionate entrepreneur Nkanyiso Mngoma is building a sustainable business in school shoes and perfume making.

The businessman from the small settlement inland of KwaDukuza has distributed more than 10 000 shoes around the country and hopes to expand to other African countries.

The shoe business came to him after he was regularly confronted with the harsh reality of children from poor families going to school in broken shoes, or none at all.

The clothing designer decided he would be the change that he wanted to see in the world, and started the school shoe brand “Inkanyiso Shoes”.

Instead of looking for donations, he thought it would be better to make the shoes himself and sell them to the people who wanted to donate.

“I identified the schools where the need was greatest and looked for donors to buy my shoes for the children who needed them,” said Mngoma.

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He said most of his clients are in North West, Limpompo, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

While busy with his shoe business, Mngoma started Inkanyiso Perfume, through which he hopes to bottle scents that represents the mixture of cultures, tastes, smells and textures of Africa.

“There are certain smells that make you remember where you come from. Through my perfume, I seek to evoke memories of our childhood and to remind people that they are of value and honour, reminded always of who they are by their significant sense of smell.”

Mngoma was one of the 20 South African entrepreneurs under the KZN fashion council who exhibited their work in London in 2015 with his clothing brand, Ekamu brands, which he is planning to relaunch in June.

“That was where I learnt the importance of taking pride in being an African. We have so much that cannot be found elsewhere in the world and we need to use that to our advantage,” said Mngoma.

Courtesy: Sboniso Dlamini for northcoastcourier.co.za.

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