Christel House SA students are taught to dream big and think creatively from a young age and one student, Timia L, (Grade 7) from Manenberg has done just that. She stays with her grandmother during the week and helps to bake butter biscuits and sells them in boxes to people in the community. Through Timia’s keen observation skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, she came up with the idea to sell the biscuits individually. She knew that community members would love the sweet treats and that they would be able to afford the cost of individual biscuits, especially during the pandemic. Her newfound customers bought the biscuits at R1 each and her business started thriving.
Timia says that her grandmother taught her how to bake the biscuits and the two have dreams of opening their own bakery. “I hope to be able to travel one day and I’m saving money to visit London. The business is doing well and my grandpa was even able to buy a second hand car recently,” says the Grade 7 student.
Timia’s mom, Vanessa Williams started volunteering at the Christel House SA library in 2015. Through her own ambition and motivation from colleagues, she is currently studying to become a teacher and works as a teacher’s assistant at Christel House SA.