A young entrepreneur is bringing South African natural remedies to Nottingham with the opening of her new health and wellbeing business.
Boitumelo Mathibako said the idea for her online business came after she was looking for a cure for her cold in her local supermarket.
But rather than finding a herbal remedy similar to that used in her native South Africa, the 25-year-old was faced with medicines full of dozens of ingredients.
Boitumelo, of Forest Fields, said: “In Africa, people are used to going back to nature and using natural herbs to make medicine. My family believe it is much better than pharmaceuticals.
“When I moved to the UK I wanted the same thing, but I was a little bit surprised how many medicines there were for so many things, with so many chemicals in. The idea for the business built up from that.”
After struggling to find high-quality, affordable natural remedies online and in-store, Boitumelo took the plunge and set up Gandji.co.uk – a word she says means “health” in Africa. “You can find a lot of stuff on the internet but you can’t guarantee the quality of it.
”For me that was a bit of a barrier to buying online, ” she explained.
“And with the high street I found some of the prices were so expensive.”
The website, which sells a range of food supplements, colon cleansers, prebiotics, probiotics and plant protein powders, also caters for people who need gluten, yeast, lactose or dairy-free products. They are also suitable for vegan and vegetarians.
In the future, Boitumelo said she would like to team up with local nutritionists to give talks at events.
She added: “I am looking forward to that because I will be able to reach more people.
“In the next year or two I would also like to go national, and even international.”
Source: nottingham post