By Accra Maweya
Johannesburg- A young dedicated woman from Ngezimani village in Malamulele in Giyani, Shikombiso Bila (28) continues to take the fashion industry by storm as she pushes her crocheting business forward.
It was at the age of six when she discovered her passion for crocheting while she was still in primary school.
She decided to start her business “Maxelostyle” after she completed her internship in information technology, as she couldn’t get a permanent job.
“I have always had a passion for crocheting. I started by making a scarf for myself and posted it online and people loved it. After completing my internship in Information Technology, I couldn’t get a permanent job, and that’s when I decided to give my crocheting business all my attention.” Shikombiso says.
Maxelostyle produces clothes made of wool and cotton for children and adults, she makes hats, jerseys, dresses, baby blankets and more. The challenges she faces from the business is from people who place orders and not pay for the items.
“I face the most challenges when customers place orders and not pay for them or expect my products to be cheaper, not considering the hard work required to finish an item.” she said.
As the business continues to expand, she has greater plans to hire someone to help her with the crocheting work to be able to balance her customer’s demands.
“Another challenge is that I work alone and often I have to work under pressure to complete urgent orders, but I am planning on hiring at least two to three people.” she added.