Davy was stressed when he was let go from his cleaning job but he turned to YouTube and found a love for baking which grew into a business.
Johannesburg, South Africa (27 July 2020) – Megan Toni Hunter, a talented writer and activist for rare diseases in South Africa came across a beautiful story filled with hope. She was told about Davy a cleaner at well-known restaurant who had lost his job due to the lockdown.
Davy was left with nothing and needed to support his wife and children. Distressed, he turned to YouTube and found comfort in watching baking videos. He became inspired to start baking. He thought that if he baked a few things, he could make some money to help keep them afloat.
What Davy didn’t realise was that he had stumbled into his passion by pure accident. His love of baking has not only rejuvenated his spirit but it has given him a real way to support his family.
‘Davy lost his job at a well-known restaurant during lockdown where he had been a cleaner. His new baby was only a few weeks old, and they had no idea how they were going to survive. But Davy doesn’t give up! He hustled, taught himself to bake by watching YouTube videos, and now is able to stay at home to look after their children while his wife is at work. He then bakes from 5 pm – 12 pm to ensure that his cakes are fresh for any orders that he has, and he has really found his creativity and passion.’
Megan got the opportunity to interview Davy and learn about how wonderful his new business is. She asked him to tell her about the business.
“I bake delicious cakes! I specialise in Vanilla, Carrot and Chocolate cakes, cupcakes and muffins.”
“When COVID-19 pandemic forced us into lockdown I started teaching myself how to bake by following videos on YouTube. It was theory only because my oven stove was not yet connected. When we finally moved to level 4 of lockdown, an electrician connected my stove. I started doing muffins for my family and then moved to cakes. It was fun because I was teaching myself and I enjoyed it.” – Davy
“It was end of May when I started selling my muffins and cakes, and it was a huge relief for me because i was getting something for my family to eat. In June I officially started baking and I have never looked back. I have lovely friends who supports me. I can mention a few – Charlie K, Inge, JP, Luschka, Tania, in UK my friend Tendai in UK, – all these people played a big role in starting this business.”
Davy’s cakes are really affordable, he sells them for between R150 and R250. His business has taken off and he is finding that the success of it is breeding hope within his community.
“Thanks so much for supporting me. I’m still new in this industry but I’m loving each and every support I’m getting from all corners of this world. Stay safe one day we gonna conquer this COVID-19. Peace, love and harmony.”