Angela Sibanda, Chronicle Correspondent
Bulawayo entrepreneur and manufacturer of skin care products under the “Indalo” brand, Princess Noma Siziba, scooped two awards under ZimTrade’s Eagles Nest Awards held in Harare last Friday.
Within 11 months of establishment, her skincare business is receiving recognition across the globe including being honored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s business development support.
Indalo Skincare Naturals came first in the Best Innovation category and second runner-up for the Youth Export Incubator 2020 overall competition. In June this year, the young company won the best award at the National Youth Business Expo held in Bulawayo. It was on this platform that Siziba was nominated to be part of ZimTrade’s Eagle’s Nest Export Incubation Programme, an initiative that assists businesses to become export ready.
Ms Siziba’s story is one of the many Covid-19 successes as she founded Indalo during the Covid-19 lockdown with a local herb – zumbani/umsuzwaneWhich made headlines for being effective in eradicating symptoms of the virus.
When she launched the product in December last year, Ms Siziba said her experiments on zumbani As a skin care remedy are influenced by her own skin problems, which she is trying to fix.
In an interview, she said the accolades are credited to the support she has received since starting the business journey.
“This is the greatest honor for me and I am deeply humbled by the support. It only makes me want to do better,” she said.
“Coming all the way from Cowdrey Park to where I am right now is the true African dream.
“By the beginning of 2023 we should have moved to a bigger establishment because we have outgrown our home. We are also planning to open Zimbabwe’s first vegan spa experience where people can come in for facials and massages using zumbani-based products,” said Siziba.
She also took to her social media to celebrate the achievement and mentioned that there was a point in her life when her world seemed to have come to an end, but all her obstacles became the motivation behind her success.
“If you’ve read any of my books, you’d have a bit of a window into my life story. From a teenage mother who was written off and the least likely to succeed, to an award-winning author and entrepreneur,” she said.
“Even with a life full of detours and harrowing surprises, God can still do something for me,” she wrote.