A seven-year-old boy has started his own business because he wants to protect himself and other people from the Covid-19 coronavirus.
“I thought that I could make my own hand sanitiser,” says Nkosana Buthelezi.
“I like money, business and being clean.”
But that’s not all: “I can also buy more Lego now.”
This youngster from Vanderbijlpark seized the opportunity three weeks ago when stores ran out of hand sanitiser as a result of the pandemic.
After thorough investigations, Nkosana, with the help of his parents, developed Kleen Handz.
The Gifted Agency, his father Sibusiso’s marketing company, helped Nkosana design the label.
My job is to paste the labels on the bottles after my parents, grandparent and aunt have mixed the product and packed it
“We believe the product is as effective as it should be. We got the formula from a reliable internet source,” said Nkosana’s mother, Nobuhle.
The main ingredient is isopropyl alcohol or ethanol. The family also did thorough research on what other ingredients are required to fight bacteria and germs. Lemon grass oil and tea tree oil were then added.
The ingredients are sourced from pharmacists and entrepreneurs.
The whole family pitched in to help manufacture the product.
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“My job is to paste the labels on the bottles after my parents, grandparent and aunt have mixed the product and packed it,” says Nkosana.
More than 200 bottles were made during their first attempt, and they have already been sold out. Prices range from R25 for a 50ml bottle to R45 for 100ml.
Nobuhle is working from home at the moment and is using the time to help Nkosana produce more hand sanitiser.