Kusile Zulu Trading is minting buckets loads of cash from toilet paper. Celinkosi Ndiyaza started operating the toilet paper making company in 2009 after receiving funding from Ithala Development Finance and BHP Billiton SMME development programme under Raizcorp.
With products ready to hit the shelves of major retailers, Kusile was found lacking on the marketing and branding side by a Seda assessment. Seda was approached in 2009 to assist with this element and the interventions seem to have worked as major retailers have now opened their doors and shelves for the company to sell its wares.
Pick n Pay was one of the first major retailers to put on its shelves toilet paper from Kusile. Since then, stores such as MASSCASH and Jack Morison & Sons have signed up to take products from Kusile.
Another challenge that Kusile had was lack of a financial management system. This led to the company not being able to locate monies paid to the company, or paid out by the company. This often also led to poor inventory management and inconsistencies in salary payments.
With the various interventions implemented, the company can now generate accurate monthly financial statements, and generate various financial documents.
Financally, the company’s revenue has risen significantly between 2010 and 2012, increasing from R920 847 to R5, 4 million.
Celenkosi says, “I would like to thank Seda for opening doors and assist my business from the scratch up to this far. I also want to thank Seda for continuing to support our business to showcase our products at Durban Businss Fair for the fourth time which contributes to my business exposure, generating sales and getting more customers.”