Hi everyone at KhonseVhonse, we would like to reach out to everyone to help us with taking KhonseVhonse to the next level. This brings me to why I have written my story, our story. Our life story has inspired us to create an aspiring clothing and accessory line called KhonseVhonse. When KhonseVhonse was started, it was a means to a way, nothing ambitious.It was just a typical story of a young black widow trying to survive but through the journey, a passion was developed to bring out new design visuals through our range of clothing and accessories that celebrated being african yet appealing to the global stage. KhonseVhonse is a public entity that was founded by Eliza Kalema Kabulu and Grace Kabulu. It specializes in mostly female clothing including kids, it also makes handbags, purses and all sorts of accessories. KhonseVhonse is BEE certified. It aims to empower young female black africans through its crafts. Most of the items found at KhonseVhonse are handmade, with special detail to fabrics that takes us back to our African roots. Eliza Kalema Kabulu who is the main founder, started her clothing business in her home using a singer manual sewing machine, she then only made skirts which are famously known as three dolphin makoti skirts, she would buy her material from local wholesale shops, then she would make those skirts then deliver to local clothing stores.
Due to her limited capital, she would require to recapitalize whatever profit she would make but because this was her only source of income, it became very hard for her to get to another stage of her business and it also put pressure on her in terms of getting new clients because most shop owners wanted a payment plan, they were only willing to take stuff on credit and pay over tme. This was and still is her biggest obstacle, she couldnt afford to give away her stuff on credit, that would immediately put her out of business because she wouldnt be able to restock on raw material to make new products.
Over time she eventually managed to save up enough money to buy herself her very own first industrial machine, I did not mention that her first machine she used to make the makoti skirt s was a birthday present from her late husband, it was a singer manual sewing machine. Eliza Kalema Kabulu had to be innovative in order to stay in the game because the three dolphin material became increasingly expensive and yet the selling price dropped as the supply on the market became more than the demand, therefore it wasnt as profitable as before. Eliza moved on to wrap skirts which started off profitable but she later abundant them for delelas, which were a hit at the time.
In early 2017 Eliza and Grace Kabulu which is her daughter came together, Grace was at the time making handbags and other accessories so they decided to work together, Grace would bring in her expertize of bag making and stuff whilst Eliza was more of a clothing designer (tailor) but together they made a formidable team which brought to life what is today known as KhonseVhonse, a Zambian term which means "Everywhere Everything".
KhonseVhonse is now a clothing and accessory range, you could get a complete matching outfit that comes complete with its accessories, Retailers loved and still love this because they could get almost everything they needed from one supplier. KhonseVhonse beca v. KhonseVhonse became more diverse over time with them branchng into the kids range, and them moving from traditional clothes to more modern clothing wth a traditional touch. It was now catering for both the old and the young. Most of KhonseVhonses enability to grow into a business to recon with has been due to limited funds. As we speak to date, KhonseVhonse now owns four industrial machines, no longer works from home, it now rents space in a workshop but funds are needed for it to fully grow to its full potential.
For it to compete with the likes of Ginger Mary, Rich Factory and Khosi Nkosi etc, more work needs to be done, more new grounds need to be tapped into for KhonseVhonse to be a brand that will be known all over Africa and the rest of the world.
We would like someone or people to help us raise funds to grow our business. We need someone/people who can believe in us and our product so that it can become a viable lucrative business. Please people, help us. We have no one really to turn to, thats why we have turned to you. Currently we can start with a minimum of R50000 but we need to raise about R300 000 to realize our short term goals. Please help us realize our dream.