It’s mentioned that kids be taught by seeing. Rising up, Naomi Kaitetsi Byekwatso, the proprietor of Oshea Hooks and Purls, watched her mom crochet desk material to complement her nursing job.
As a result of Keitetsi was nonetheless younger, her mom didn’t educate her crotcheting. At the moment, she needed her kids to focus on their research.
Years later, Kaitetsi began experimenting with the craft however she handled it as a interest. Nevertheless, the discovered ability quickly turned a supply of revenue when the challenge she was working for closed.
“I took to what I knew and beloved to do. Utilizing my house area, I began crocheting crafts on the market. Similar to my mom did a few years in the past,” says Keitetsi.
How she began
The journey of commercialising her ability began in June 2018 when her greatest pal, her first buyer, requested her to make a hotter. “I had made myself a neck hotter and wore it to the village on a chilly day. I took a photograph and shared it on Fb. As quickly as she noticed it, she ordered one and he or she paid Shs30,000,” she says.
From her first buyer, her household and pals have since supported her enterprise by making orders in addition to recommending her merchandise to their pals. Keitetsi learnt that if she used Fb strategically, she might get extra shoppers.
Kaitetsi’s preliminary capital was Shs200,000 from which she purchased yarn, tapestry mats for shaggy mats, hooks, paint for bottle decor, and pom pom makers. She, nevertheless, ended up not utilizing a few of these gadgets and he or she determined to focus on crocheting neck heaters.
Regardless of having the essential expertise, she added stuffed toys and different customised crochet crafts equivalent to curtain holders. “Crocheting is a broad idea and at first, I used to be all over. Later, I made a decision to zero down and focus on just a few gadgets.”
Kaitetsi’s gadgets have various prices with neck heaters going for Shs30,000 for adults and Shs25,000 for youngsters. Melanin dolls are between Shs30,000 and Shs50,000 relying on the dimensions. Curtain holders value Shs50,000 per pair, cartoon character dolls differ relying on the complexity of the sample whereas animal themed key holders are Shs5,000.
Rewards and challenges
The mom of two, who works from house, says incomes from her sweat has been rewarding. Her first huge order fetched Shs500,000. Kaitetsi says on a superb day, she makes Shs100,000.
However she is fast to say she has encountered shoppers of various temperaments.
“Some shoppers discount a lot that after computing, you find yourself making losses. It took a number of market analysis to learn to cope with shoppers and the best way to value my merchandise moderately,” she recounts her challenges.
This acquired Kaitetsi studying about pricing on-line and evaluating costs with folks within the enterprise. One of many classes she has learnt is that even the information, electrical energy and airtime spent on making crafts and advertising her work must be accounted for within the closing value of the product.
After mastering product pricing, Keitetsi launched into studying guide conserving, the best way to handle prospects, use of social media to extend gross sales to spice up her crotchet enterprise.
Kaitetsi has additionally undertaken a number of trainings in shaggy mat making, bottle decor, crocheting garments for each kids and adults, and hand knitting. She says Youtube tutorials have additionally been helpful in honing her crocheting and knitting expertise.
“I nonetheless be taught on-line to maintain up with tendencies. Purchasers’ wants hold altering and so do the types. To be forward of competitors, I have to hold abreast with the most recent tendencies. So, studying is a steady technique of my enterprise,” says Kaitetsi
Other than the pricing, Keitetsi says some shoppers place orders and later change their thoughts about shopping for the product. She provides that folks nonetheless choose imported crafts and assume native crafts are of low high quality. Maybe this explains why they wish to pay little or no for them.
Regardless of the hurdles, she has issues to be grateful for. For instance, in 2018, Keitetsi bought her merchandise to greater than seven totally different nations equivalent to South Africa, Kenya, USA, UAE, and UK.
In 2019, she acquired a possibility to fulfill President Museveni at State Home. This was preceded by an exhibition at Kololo organised by UNDP.
Kaitetsi says crocheting has uncovered her to the practicalities of entrepreneurship, advertising, gross sales and buyer care, networking, expertise which have made her a higher supervisor and marketer.
“I don’t take a impolite consumer to be malicious. Persons are coping with so much. So I reply to them with love and respect,” she provides. Keitetsi has learnt to set sensible objectives and when she wants extra time to finish a challenge, she informs her consumer forward of time.
Naomi Kaitetsi intends to encourage the youth to enterprise into the crotcheting enterprise. She plans to empower ladies economically by trainings, significantly in monetary literacy and advertising.