The love for wedding celebrations has motivated Mpho Monageng Jonathan, 37, to venture into the interior décor business.
Speaking to Voice Money, Jonathan traced her love for interior décor to her childhood. “From childhood I used to play doll houses and weddings.
I recall decorating a lot of things,” she said and revealed that what propelled her to action was former President Festus Mogae who encouraged Batswana to do something for themselves.
“It was then that I started a business called Mphorium Investments. After selling one of my taxis in 2007, I raised P10, 000 and invested it into the business.
I bought 50 chairs, 10 tables and a tent for 100 people,” she said.
Prior to establishing Mphorium Investments, Jonathan had tried other businesses and did not succeed.
“I tried mobile phones around Francistown and bought clothes in South Africa to sell in Botswana, but I did not get any headway,” she said.
But when she and her husband started the décor business, there were a few opportunities but she had a strong hunch that this time around it would work.
“Deep down, I knew it would work. Maybe it’s because this time around I had chosen something I loved and have passion for,” she said with a smile.
Now in its sixth year of operation, Mphorium Investments has grown in leaps and bounds.
“Since we moved from operating from home to an office in town, things are even better. We are getting a lot of business. Clients are asking where we have been,” she said.
To benchmark and improve the business, Jonathan has attended the South African Wedding Expo and another one in Zimbabwe.
“There is a lot of creativity in other countries and the business is very brisk.
We intend to learn as much as possible when we go to these expos. One thing we have realized about Zimbabwe is that wedding and events decorators are more African orientated,” she noted
Expressing optimism about the future she said: “We will always remain competitive.
This is the only way we can beat the market and remain relevant.
Batswana are willing to spend on quality and extra ordinary services.”