Pro Skin founder on a mission to spread his business across South Africa

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Nkosingiphile Mvubu founder of Pro Skin product. Photo: Nduduzo Nxumalo.

EAST BANK– Mvubu took a brave decision to take the little money he had at the time to buy raw material he would use to manufacture a skin care product, something that has been an idea and was never tested before.

In a country where more than half of young people are unemployed, an unemployed graduate from Alexandra has taken it upon himself to create jobs for himself and others.

Nkosingiphile Mvubu who completed his diploma in accounting at the University of South Africa in 2016, said after many attempts to secure employment at different companies he realised that it would be naive for him to continue clinging to hope and decided to start his own business.

In August 2016, Mvubu took the brave decision to take the little money he had at the time to buy ingredients to manufacture a skincare product, something that had been an idea of his but had never tasted before.

“I grew up with my grandmother in the rural areas of Mpumalanga,” he said. “My grandmother would always use aloe if someone at home had skin problems. After realising that I was unable to get a job, I decided that I was going to use what I learned at home to come up with a solution for those with skin problems.

“I told myself that if someone like the late Richard Maponya was able to overcome all challenges during apartheid, what can stop me from succeeding in a country that gives everyone equal opportunities. I did my research and came to the conclusion that I was going to start my company.”

Mvubu started selling his product Pro Skin to individuals going door to door and doing street promotions to tell people about his solution to those with skin problems.

“Pro Skin help people with skin problems like rash and stretch marks… It also helps those with hair problems to grow their hair. The response from our clients is positive and encouraging. We are now supplying local spaza shops and supermarkets in Alexandra. The demand is growing every day.”

Mvubu is planning to move out of the backroom he uses as a makeshift factory into a more spacious property so he can manufacture more of his product and grow his market.

By Nduduzo Nxumalo