When she quit her job as a Project Manager at a local HIV/AIDS counseling organisation two years ago, a young woman decided to settle for a business of organizing parties for young children.
Driven by the love for children and a desire to operate her own business, 30-year old Rebecca Nkalanga has established her kids’ party business whose focus is on organizing birthday parties for children aged between one and ten years old.
“I realized there was no professional arrangement for children’s parties.
It’s mostly the 21-year olds that get well organized and memorable parties but hardly anything attractive for young kids,” she says as she gets ready for her third and last party for the day.
“I’ve just come from one party in Mogoditshane and some of my team members are attending to another one in Tlokweng,” she adds.
Nkalanga says she hit the ground running when she ventured into her business.
She still has memories of the first event that she organized in Phase 4 last year.
“I was a bit nervous at first as it was the child’s first birthday.
I was not sure that the client would like the arrangement.
To my delight she was so impressed so much that she gave me referrals and this year she hired me again for her daughter’s second birthday.
The intension now is to retain all my clients and to keep getting more through good service.
Nkalanga is quick to point out that her services are affordable as she charges according to a client’s demands.
“We charge P70 per child and the overall price will depend on how many children will be catered for at the party.
The fee covers the mini chairs and tables, hats, the clown’s services, the cutlery and the jumping castle.
While she harbours intentions of seeking funding to expand her business Nkalanga says she started the business from her own pockets.
“I had saved enough money to buy the necessary equipment such as tables and chairs, catering equipment and jumping castles,” she says
As demand for her services continue to grow, Nkalanga says she intends to expand to other parts of the country.
“I intend to approach the Department of Culture and youth for a grant because the business needs a vehicle to transport equipment around.
I also need to get more equipment so that I can cover more areas like Francistown and Orapa where demand is also high.
At the moment, Nkalanga says, she does not provide catering for her services and that she outsources the services.
Nkalanga says she caters for children between the ages of one and ten. For her services she may be contacted at 71226669 or her facebook page (Rebecca Nkalanga).