Sesi Mamabolo (29) from Rosslyn,in Pretoria North, is passionate about the beauty industry and empowering young women in townships. She shares her journey filled with trials, tribulations and ultimately realising her dream of owning a beauty spa. Sesi has always strived to own her own beauty spa and with encouragement from her husband and co-founder of SesiP Makeup and Spa, Katlego Mamabolo, she is living her dream.
Sesi has always aimed to be her own boss, even in her days as a Somatology student at Tshwane University of Technology. “When I was still in school, I wanted to own my beauty spa instead of working for someone. I had noticed that people often thought beauty spas are only meant for people with money and I saw an opportunity to give them a great spa treatment at affordable prices”- added Sesi.
She also acknowledges the help and encouragement from her husband Katlego, “my husband played a pivotal role in my dream, he would instil ideas, and the confidence I needed. In July 2018, without capital, we decided to open the business”- Sesi. “SesiP was a mobile makeup and spa services until on the 06 April 2019, Saturday, when we opened our beauty spa in Nina Park, Pretoria North”. She further said, she recalls her first clients “my first client was a matric pupil, and I did her makeup on her special day, matric dance ball. I was nervous, I understood that it was my make or break moment. If she was not happy with my services, I would lose a client and possible referrals, however, she was happy and did recommend my services to some of her friends”.
Since then Sesi, has employed four ladies who work tirelessly to provide the ultimate spa treatment at affordable prices. “The misconception about the beauty industry is that we are lazy, and I aim to challenge the stereotypical mindset. I want to expose the children in disadvantage communities to the vast opportunities available in the industry. I also want to start a skills project, where I can share the knowledge and skills I have acquired from the university and my experience since I’ve opened business”.
In the scourge of many girls missing school because they are not able to afford sanitary pads, Sesi has also taken the responsibility to keep a girl child in school. “On the 1st of December 2018, I also joined the fight to keep a girl child in school and restoring her dignity by collecting sanitary pads. I recruited a group of women and we’ve been collecting sanitary pads. So far, we’ve helped 35 girls at a local orphanage and we aim to help more girls”.
To make donations contact Sesi at +27793484822. For make-up and spa services you can follow and contact her on her social media platforms.
By: MEGAN SELLO