HELP SAVE SMALL BUSINESS – GOAL R 300 000
My family immigrated from Germany almost 5 decades ago to South Africa. Like most people my Opa and Oma loved it here and decided to create their family here. My Opa and Oma decided to open up their own small family business that has been going for over 30 years now. It has always been my Opa and Oma running the business and it was very successful.
Later on my father started working for them and helping them. All through his teenage years he helped the business and started running it with my Opa. When my Opa passed away my dad and his wife took over to carry on his legacy and my Oma also still helped. The business has always been small and very local.
It has always been very reliable and helped many in the community. It offers something that most corporate big companies can’t offer and that is deep customer connection. My sister and I as little girls always spent our afternoons there, did our homework there and got to meet everyone who walked through the door.
Having a small business means we always got to connect with the customers on a much more personal level. Our welcoming atmosphere has brought back our customers time and time again and we definitely provide services big companies cannot.
Unfortunately, like most small businesses, there comes a time when you just can’t compete anymore with all the big companies opening up around us. Through the years we have seen so many small business, that we have supported, shut down. There was always going to be a day where ours did to.
This year we had to liquidate the company because we just couldn’t afford to stay in the building anymore. It was a difficult good bye for all of us because we all practically grew up there and spent most of our time there. We have been trying to rebuild at home, but there is just no money anymore. Both my parents have now lost their jobs and it seems almost impossible to start up again.
This company is their life and our legacy and we will fight for it every step of the way. We just need our community and the people we have helped for so long to help us start our business again. It is almost impossible by ourselves, but with the support of the community we can start again and continue serving our customers with the loyalty and personal care that they deserve.
The funds will go to starting the new chapter of our business and helping rebuild the business on our house. We are using a small local company to help build in honour of supporting small businesses. The sooner we can raise the funds the sooner we can start building and once the building is complete we can start serving the people in our community again the old fashioned way, with big smiles and open hearts.
Thanking you in advance for your support and generosity.
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