As a modest youngster, Maggie Steyn liked shelling out time encouraging her mom in the kitchen with baking and cooking, but with the desire that 1 working day, she would build a range of rusks with her own branding. As the years went by she received encounter of the restaurant trade, from aiding her father after college several hours in his busy cafe located in Goodwood, Cape City.
On ending her education, Maggie started out on the journey to satisfying her dream. She received business administration information in the really competitive retail trade and management experience as a department supervisor with the Foschini Team of outlets, as very well as with the Intercontinental corporations of Old Mutual and Sanlam.
However, Maggie in no way forgot her childhood ambition of wanting to bake rusks professionally. She married her farmer husband Stephen and became element of the rural daily life on their farm, Soutfontein, found in between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg in the Swartland, of the Western Cape in South Africa. She reared four young children, Steven, Emma, Lara, Jana, and started on creating her rusk-baking aspiration a actuality!
With an initial capital of only R262, she bought her 1st ton of flour, and started baking rusks in a very small oven, with only two baking trays. Her initial authentic industrial enterprise was as a stallholder at a local Wine Pageant, promoting jams, cookies, and rusks from a plastic table. However, among the clients who purchased rusks from Maggie, have been the managers of area branches of significant grocery stores.
This chance helped motivate Maggie’s dream to achievement, for the reason that they asked her if she would bake rusks for their stores!
From a humble beginning, Maggie has grown into a flourishing enterprise results story. Using up the obstacle to develop her rusks for resale, the 1st setting up she utilized for her baking was the 17th century authentic farmhouse that soon turned too little to cater for her small business. Her present, efficient, contemporary hygienic manufacturing unit designed on the farm, is now outfitted with two business ovens, with a third about to be procured.
Maggie is acknowledging her dream as she watches the desire grow for her house-farm rusks. Maggie was picked to enter a business enterprise incubator program, carried out by a significant retailer made to stimulate picked compact businesses to achieve their full likely.
It is Maggie’s desire and ongoing ambition to accomplish her upcoming objectives of enjoyable and developing bigger shopper demand from customers for her “Maggie se Spens” rusks, nationally and internationally. In transform, her pleasure will be in giving employment for numerous folks, who nowadays do not have work and wrestle to survive. Maggie is dwelling her desire, which demonstrates to all potential entrepreneurs’, that something you can visualise, is doable!