Full Name: Lungile Marhungane
Business Name: Jeslu Puro Water Pty Ltd
Country: South Africa
Year of funding: 2021
Growing up in Giyani, Limpopo province in South Africa where water as a basic need is not easily accessible and even when the water is accessible it would not be clean. The problem of lack of access to clean water affects many households and can potentially cause illnesses. Additionally, businesses that depend on clean water to operate are affected. It affects their human resources (employees), which affects production, and which will ultimately have a direct effect on profitability.
Jeslu Puro water decided to come up with a solution to use green methods to purify the water. As a start-up venture, they aim to be the solution by using a Green Water purification system that uses Macadamia nut filter to purify the water and will supply and distribute water to affected parties.
“I saw a need to establish a water purification company due to lack of access of clean water in my local community and the need to create jobs for young people while making profit contributing in the circular economy”
Since launching and being selected into the TEF Entrepreneurship programme, they have employed 2 permanent staff and 2 temporary staff. They are supplying funeral parlours around the town and have also managed to make an average of $800-1500 monthly.
“The mentors that were assigned by TEF were professional and very helpful. The Financial planning tools was very impactful for me as it helped me to have better understanding of figures, projections and at the end of day achieving profitability. This aspect made me understand that financials are quite pivotal to the success of any business. The seed funding came in handy as operations kickstarted after funding.”
In the coming months, they plan to expand the business to other provinces within South Africa. They have managed to secure space with innovation hub South Africa for product development and further research and innovation.