19 December 2012

Namibia: Brothers Venture Into Uphostery

Windhoek — Two young enterprising Windhoek brothers eke out a living as upholstery craftsmen even though the going is tough at times. Rent in Windhoek is high and yet moving shop would mean losing the adavantage of the current location of their business, which is central and strategic.

Villo and Leornard Sackeus operate their upholstery business in the city centre under the name United Upholstery. They say unemployment pushed them to venture into the business after gaining the upholstery skills from their uncle who also owns an upholstery business in Windhoek.

The two brothers have employed other young people and have taken on an additional partner, Tongeni Moses, who was unemployed after completing Grade 12.

The Sackeus brothers saved about N$20 000 which they used as seed capital when they first opened in 2010. And they have never looked back since then.

Besides upholstering, the business also designs chairs on order. Newly designed chairs go for N$1 700, but the price can be negotiated with clients who bring their own upholstery materials and designs.

"We gained skills and knowledge from our uncle. [Being in] business is better than depending on someone or being employed. We can now put bread on our tables," said Moses.

The partners are now looking to source funds to expand the business. They would like to acquire new machinery and equipment, as well as stock up on more upholstery materials.

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