27-year-old Lesedi Louis of Palapye is a Jack of all trades and dreams big on his way to success in business.
He sells clothes, food and small items that can put meals on his table. He told Voice Money that he is motivated by the fact that his father was also an entrepreneur.
In an interview, Louis said, “I do a lot of small businesses. I’m a chef. I also sell small things like cigarettes, airtime, sweets, you name it.”
Behind him, Louis shows off a display of clothes and shoes he buys from South Africa.
Patronising him for sweets and small items are pupils from a local English Medium Primary School.
They are big customers and Louis knows each one of them by name.
After failing Form Five in 2007 Louis applied to study Cooking at Madirelo Training and Testing Centre.
“After completing I moved from restaurant to catering companies and back. I worked for Portuguese restaurant, African Braza. Later one of my employers organised a workshop which really grilled me into a chef,” he said.
In 2013, life changed after he met his girlfriend Refilwe who is also a budding entrepreneur.
His face lights up when asked about her.
“She encouraged me to go into business and gave me financial support,” he said.
The couple is determined to grow his cafe business which is currently operating under a tree.
“In windy and rainy days I don’t come to work. I can’t afford to open a restaurant and boutique yet. The other challenge of course is lack of financial assistance,” Louis said.
Louis said he plans to seek for funding to expand his projects.
“I want Filouis Café to be out there and visible in bill boards. I have created new recipes and menus that will rock your taste buds. I also want a chain of boutiques around the country and to empower the youth and help them start small like I did,” he said.