A family affair

Making it a family affair, Xorobasen Trading was created by a group of youngsters composed of Presley and Lentina Skrywer and Alvenus Dreyer.  
Xorobasen Trading is involved in the making of pillows - small, standard, queen and king - and operate from Donkerhoek, Samuel Shikomba Street in Katutura.
The idea behind the business that was born in 2010, emanated from the various trips and gatherings the family did and some family members always complained about the quality of pillows available.
As observant as women are, Lentina decided to invest in the venture to manufacture pillows that meet their members’ requirements.
According to Presley, they carried out research to come up with a unique product after realising that most pillows were made of poly cotton.
They also realised that the best pillows are either foam, spongy-like pillows which moulds around the neck and head for extra support.
They then decided to venture into the making of foam pillows using solid pieces of foam.
Presley pointed out that they mostly do pillows on individual orders and can either fabricate them smooth or hard as the customers wish.
The standard sized pillow cost N$75 with the king sized pillow costing N$150.
To get the business known, Presley who is in charge of marketing went to various shops with samples of the pillows and has also taken onto social media.
He also notes that through grapevine, they have gained customers.
From their own pockets, the three family members embarked on a business journey.
In order to take the business from just a dream to fruition, Presley took part in the Namibia Business Innovation Centre boot camp where he got enough confidence to carry their business ahead.
“The NBIC boot camp taught me how to run the business in the right direction. It is important to know how to control the balance of the business; especially how to separate personal expenses from business expenses. Furthermore, we learnt how to market the products,” he notes.
He adds that when you invest in a business, it is important to go for a sustainable venture that will still be going strong five years down the line.
Presley (22) who holds a matric certificate plans to take on a business administration and marketing degree if finances work out according to plan so that he can diversify the business into more aspects.
Having seen how unemployment is rife in the country, Presley aims to work towards deepening the family business to inspire other youngsters to create their own employment.
“We should realise that Namibia is a land of opportunities and we should be able as youngsters to take advantage. We cannot always depend on the government,” he says.
However, Presley insists that youngsters need to know that success will only come through hard work, perseverance and determination.
“Even if one fails, they should try again and not give up,” he urges.