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Baking skills help young woman to be entrepreneur
Jo-Ann Matjan, owner of Heavenly Treats Bakery in Britstown.Photo: Supplied

Youth entrepreneur Jo-Ann Matjan, owner of Heavenly Treats Bakery in Britstown, found support and relief during the Covid-19 pandemic through the help of De Aar Solar Power.

Jo-Ann’s bakery had no premises and limited equipment and these difficult trading conditions were exacerbated by the national lockdown, which directly affected her income.

The funds allocated from the solar plant’s development programme enabled her to secure premises and purchase the necessary equipment. The business support programme also enabled Jo-Ann to obtain an essential service certificate, which meant that she could continue towards preparing her new business premises during lockdown.

This meant that she was able to meet necessary commitments she otherwise would not have been able to afford.

“Supporting youth enterprises is important to De Aar Solar Power, as it helps to address rising unemployment rates amongst the youth, and it is our hope that by supporting young entrepreneurs who will not only generate their own income, but can plough back this success into their communities by providing further employment to other community members,” said Harrisinah Theka, Economic Development Officer for De Aar Solar Power.

“Together with all the baking equipment, her new large format scale helps her to weigh every­thing so that she does not under-price her products. The business mentor also helps her to manage her business better and learn how to work with her money,” added Theka.

In collaboration with the Angels Resource Centres, De Aar Solar Power funded the Big Shake-up Accelerator programme, a rural training programme that is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs in the Pixley ka Seme district learn the basic skills of running a business, regardless of their education level.

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