Meet the Lesotho Business Owners

The following is a list of the registered members of the Lesotho business association. Click on a business name to view more details.
If you are interested in helping out and possibly mentoring any of these business owners, please contact us.


Business Description
Herbs and nutri foods.


Owner Name
Phoka Vincent Molupe


Business Description
Herbs and nutri foods.


Clients and Target Market
The public


Biggest Challenge
Not enough business in the area, creating cashflow challenges. I need training in marketing my products


Goals (1 year)
Have 50 to 60 people, who have enough knowledge about herbs and benefits of good diet.


Goals (5 years)
Build a herbal clinic, offer quick services and large enough to host 100 people at once.


Number of Employees
0


Business Description
Electronic and ICT systems.


Owner Name
Mothepu Joseph Monku


Business Description
Electronic and ICT systems.


Clients and Target Market
Individual, other business and government.


Biggest Challenge
Money to deliver and build the models (samples). Rent is a very big problem (Wish to have a building dedicated to small business operations).


Goals (1 year)
To have all equipment and skills that will help me to run the business (color photocopier, install all the systems at my business that I am doing, finish the training). Have stock on hand, buy a company car.


Goals (5 years)
To have our company owned building, hosting equipment and rights since our systems are remote and web-based. Separate ICT department into infrastructure and developing (programming) and electronic department into security systems department and maintenance and electrical department.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
Life coaching and corporate training.


Owner Name
Rethabile Masoabi (Brown)


Business Description
Life coaching and corporate training.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals and government ministries.


Biggest Challenge
Capacity building - we need training.


Goals (1 year)
To be a certified life coach.


Goals (5 years)
To be contracted as a trainer by at least 5 big companies.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Manufacturing of aluminum windows and doors.


Owner Name
Maope Max Tjobo


Business Description
Manufacturing of aluminum windows and doors.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals, companies, and government.


Biggest Challenge
Delivery period is long because of poor manufacturing equipment and lack of experienced staff.


Goals (1 year)
My wife to become the manager, purchase proper equipment and well trained staff. Net profit of M250,000.00 per year.


Goals (5 years)
To become a world class serving business in the country by expanding to other districts, to serve more people. Would like to build my family a dream home too. Hire more people to contribute to lowering unemployment rate in the country and target a net profit of M1,000,000.00 per year.


Number of Employees
4


Business Description
Hairdressing, facial make up, massage, manicure and pedicure.


Owner Name
Alexander Ndlovu


Business Description
Hairdressing, facial make up, massage, manicure and pedicure.


Clients and Target Market
Both men and women, students and working class.


Biggest Challenge
Accessing the loan to expand my business as I am planning to start a beauty skills training academy.


Goals (1 year)
To find the facility to separate the training programmes from the beauty salon by January 2015. To have at least five new students a month in hair dressing courses in order for the learning programme to run as planned (beginners class and advanced class). In the nail technician class I would like to have at least 3 new students a month as it is a 6 month course.


Goals (5 years)
To run a beauty skill training academy as an institution. In 5 years I would like to see my gross income multiplying by three from what I am doing now which is M129,000 a year. To identify a hair product that I can market and distribute and introduce it from the institution.


Number of Employees
4


Business Description
Computer repairs, assembly, upgrades, laptops, re-seller of all IT equipment, office furnisher.


Owner Name
Molibeli Ntlaba


Business Description
Computer repairs, assembly, upgrades, laptops, re-seller of all IT equipment, office furnisher.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals, schools, home uses, government ministries, NGOs.


Biggest Challenge
Since we are re-sellers we don't keep stock and the clients want to see stock on the shelves and capital is a challenge.


Goals (1 year)
Open office in town. To venture into internet cafe business. Open up company website.


Goals (5 years)
To expand business and hire 3 graduates with skills in software and programming, internet designs, and business marketing.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
Computer training and secretarial services, e,g. document typing, photocopying, etc


Owner Name
Irene Leseo


Business Description
Computer training and secretarial services, e,g. document typing, photocopying, etc


Clients and Target Market
Basically young generation especially for computer training and local people secreterial services


Biggest Challenge
Not having equipment like big photocopy machines for secretarial services and computers for students.


Goals (1 year)
Increase revenue, purchase more equipment, e.g. stationary, cartridges, toners, computers, photocopy machines. Register 30 students for training, every 5 months. Increase my income.


Goals (5 years)
Acquire company owned building, purchase larger and faster equipment, have 350 students trained every 5 months, making 5000 copies per year.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Baking, catering, and beverage manufacturing.


Owner Name
Makatleho Bolaoane Berlinah Mpakayane


Business Description
Baking, catering, and beverage manufacturing.


Clients and Target Market
Schools, weddings, funerals, retail shops.


Biggest Challenge
We encountered an accident in January and we lost our vehicle. We were forced to shut down and work from home at a small scale. Our equipment is old and breaks down often.


Goals (1 year)
To raise capital to get back on our feet by buying new equipment and having good stock. We plan to use our professional skills as a consultancy (HIV, development and advocacy), then the money we get will be put into capital for the bakery.


Goals (5 years)
To expand the business by including catering and selling our packaged goods to retail shops.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Selling of poultry meat and equipment used in poultry industry,


Owner Name
Tsepo Makhoathi, Masekoai Leleka, Nomalanga Vales and Tumelo Tsehlana


Business Description
Selling of poultry meat and equipment used in poultry industry,


Clients and Target Market
Hotels, private companies with canteens for workers, supermarkets, schools, and individuals


Biggest Challenge
Increasing production and access to bigger markets.


Goals (1 year)
To be well recognized by the local people or markets and serve all the local markets, at least to have 20 reliable customers locally, e.g. 3000 Kg per month by end of 2015.


Goals (5 years)
To be able to serve the national markets, e.g. mining companies (canteens) with orders in large quantity, 7000 Kg per month or more by end of 2019.


Number of Employees
9


Business Description
Tombstones, garmazin and granite stone paint.


Owner Name
Lehlohonolo Lefosa


Business Description
Tombstones, garmazin and granite stone paint.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals and funeral parlours.


Biggest Challenge
Competing with developed funeral service providers and my intention is to supply them with tombstones.


Goals (1 year)
Creat jobs for at least two part-time Basotho people.


Goals (5 years)
Established a factory facility and manufacture at least three products. Comply with our government standard request pay good wages, to enhance Lesotho economic growth.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
Catering services, baking, making wedding cakes and decorating for all functions and flower arrangements.


Owner Name
Khahliso Edith Possa


Business Description
Catering services, baking, making wedding cakes and decorating for all functions and flower arrangements.


Clients and Target Market
My clients are from the government and the public.


Biggest Challenge
Competition is high, lack of understanding from customers, advertisements.


Goals (1 year)
To improve by business and get more clients by marketing and maybe word of mouth too. I would like to get 100 people to place orders every month. To improve business by ordering large equipment and more stock.


Goals (5 years)
Business to expand, serve 300 to 400 clients, to also add another location, in another town and offer higher quality products. Above all, to get some more equipment for baking and improve my standard of living.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Individuals and orders.


Owner Name
Maboitumelo Koiliti


Business Description
Individuals and orders.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals and sell uniforms.


Biggest Challenge
Accessing funds to serve big orders.


Goals (1 year)
To have maximum stock of fabric in store so that we can afford to make 9 uniforms per day and 54 uniforms per week. 1 wedding dress for one month, 5 wedding dress for 6 months.


Goals (5 years)
We want to have secured schools which we would have contracted to supply with sewing uniforms by 2016. We want to have made 5 wedding dresses that can be rented out by 2015.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
Individuals and orders.


Owner Name
Masamuel Motsamai


Business Description
Individuals and orders.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals and sell uniforms.


Biggest Challenge
Accessing funds to serve big orders.


Goals (1 year)
To have maximum stock of fabric in store so that we can afford to make 9 uniforms per day and 54 uniforms per week. 1 wedding dress for 1 month, 5 wedding dresses for 6 months.


Goals (5 years)
We want to have made 5 wedding dresses that can be rented out by 2015 December. We want to have secured 10 schools which we would have contracted to supply with sewing uniforms by 2016 December.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
School uniforms, chair covers, wedding dresses, bodysuits, clothes, bedding, etc


Owner Name
Masenate Molapo, Maboitumelo Koiliti, Masamuel Motsamai


Business Description
School uniforms, chair covers, wedding dresses, bodysuits, clothes, bedding, etc


Clients and Target Market
Teel Catering, individuals, schools, Naledi Funeral Parlour.


Biggest Challenge
We need materials and sewing machines. Money is the problem in order to serve big orders.


Goals (1 year)
To have maximum stock of materials (fabrics) in order to resell to other companies and sew for individuals. Produce 9 uniforms a day, one wedding dress a month


Goals (5 years)
We want to be a top producer in the country and top training school in fashion and design and to have boarding for students, to have its own building and sewing machines. We want to make 30 wedding dresses and to supply 10 schools with uniforms and make a contract with schools and shops for uniforms.


Number of Employees
3


Business Description
Sell agricultural inputs, equipment and animal feed.


Owner Name
Thabiso Mathibe Ntlamelle


Business Description
Sell agricultural inputs, equipment and animal feed.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals, farmers, NGOs, and government.


Biggest Challenge
Erecting a plant to mix animal feeds and equipment to package my farm produce. Agricultural inputs are usually bulky and require expensive transport, but the profit margins are relatively low.


Goals (1 year)
I would like to have purchased packaging material branded in my company name and to start distributing my farm produce in my own brand to local businesses by early April 2015.


Goals (5 years)
I would like to have established a small factory that packs and distributes our own farm produce. To have maintained a constant supply of farm produce.


Number of Employees
0


Business Description
Basotho traditional fermented porridge.


Owner Name
Mamahlako Lekhatla


Business Description
Basotho traditional fermented porridge.


Clients and Target Market
The public and shops.


Biggest Challenge
Transportation of the product and buying containers.


Goals (1 year)
To increase quantity supplied in shops.


Goals (5 years)
To supply 45,000 litres in 5 years at least in 5 districts of Lesotho.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Sales of fruits and vegetables.


Owner Name
Mrs. Malehlohonolo Dlamini


Business Description
Sales of fruits and vegetables.


Clients and Target Market
Individuals and supermarkets.


Biggest Challenge
Competition: most people put me out of business as they sell at very very low prices.


Goals (1 year)
To rent a premises for protection of stock.


Goals (5 years)
To attract 100 customers daily. Hire 5 employees for expansion of business to be able to purchase the stock worth of M20,000.


Number of Employees
1


Business Description
Over-the-counter medication, fill prescriptions, FP services.


Owner Name
Chobisa Jeremane


Business Description
Over-the-counter medication, fill prescriptions, FP services.


Clients and Target Market
People around Hlotse area and travellers.


Biggest Challenge
Shortage of equipment (diagnostic devices) and assurance of some of the patients who are illiterate about drugs and diseases.


Goals (1 year)
To have more product range, including cosmetics and have at least two or more diagnostic devices at least by October 2015. Already have begun a clinic which will be fully functional by December 2014.


Goals (5 years)
To transform the pharmacy into a medical clinic, have a physician to consult specific patients on certain days. The physician will only consult patients who have referral from smaller clinics, concerning major illnesses they have.


Number of Employees
0


Business Description
Spices, biltong, and sweets.


Owner Name
Mathabang Maoeng


Business Description
Spices, biltong, and sweets.


Clients and Target Market
Pula - Maliboho Business Association members.


Biggest Challenge
Lack of working capital to enable effective operation of business.


Goals (1 year)
Buy fridge and ice cream dispenser by 2015.


Goals (5 years)
To be rated top supplier company in Lesotho and double present sales by 2019.


Number of Employees
2


Business Description
Manufacturing wood products - kitchen and bathroom cabinets, woderobes, coffee tables, dining tables, etc


Owner Name
Lebohang Maphasa


Business Description
Manufacturing wood products - kitchen and bathroom cabinets, woderobes, coffee tables, dining tables, etc


Clients and Target Market
Schools, government departments and families.


Biggest Challenge
Lack of power tools, especially stadic equipment, and lack of capital to expand.


Goals (1 year)
Need new suppliers and three more workers.


Goals (5 years)
1 delivery truck, 1 taxi to transport workers at night time, after work. Having about 20 workers and the advanced equipment needed to speed up the production. All of these have to be achieved by the end of 2019.


Number of Employees
2