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Founder of Portia M shares the lessons that helped get her successful business off the ground

Locally, the Portia M brand has become synonymous with affordable skincare. Its founder, Portia Mngomezulu, had humble beginnings in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, living with her maternal grandmother. “I come from a family of matriarchs who were self-employed and constantly teaching me that I could be my own boss and build something for myself,” she enthuses.

THE BIRTH OF AN ENTREPRENEUR

Portia will always call Limpopo home, even though she moved to Kriel in Mpumalanga to stay with her parents at the age of eight. As a teen, she would take the scraps of material left over from her seamstress mother’s creations and make decorative cushions to sell or plait people’s hair. “I started earning money quite early because I’m creative and good with my hands,” she explains.

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