Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu drew up plans to manufacture black dolls, and approached the IDC in 2016 for funding for their toy manufacturing plant. But the IDC told them NO, it would not work.
“The IDC said that other entrepreneurs had come to them with the idea, past manufacturers have proven that this type of business was not sustainable, according to them — we were told to come back after a year.”
They then came up with other plans, and sourced the dolls from Germany.
The Sibahle Collection of dolls finally went on sale in March 2017, and have since sold out many times with parents from South Africa,Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Europe and the US wanting the dolls for their children.
Lesson we can pick up from this??
When people say “NO” to you. KEEP GOING. You are worth more than they think and your time is coming.
When people laugh at your goals, your dreams or your beliefs and tell you that you’re crazy, always remember that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who actually do.
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