A crowdfund was launched in November 2020 to help Lorraine purchase a trailer for her small business, and today, she has her trailer!
Cape Town, South Africa (12 April 2021) – Lorraine had a promising 2020 lined up when the clock struck midnight. She wanted to start her studies and had big things planned, but then, like everyone else, that fell away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 29-year-old mother also lost her job when the hospitality industry collapsed. Lorraine was driven to make ends meet and came up with a small business idea that would hopefully change everything.
“I enrolled with Unisa to do a BA in Health and Social Science majoring in Psychology so I could pursue my dream of studying further, but that was before Covid hit and just like so many others, this lockdown completely knocked me off my feet. I sadly had to put my plans on hold. I also was in the hospitality industry before the lockdown and unfortunately lost my job.”
Lorraine started making homemade peanut butter and selling it to her local community in Blouberg and its surroundings. The community quickly became obsessed with the delicious treat, which was safe for vegans and pets alike.
Lorraine named the business after her three-year-old son Lemuel, calling it “Lemu’s Treats“.
“The “Lemu” as part of Lemu’s Treats is my nickname for my son, Lemuel who’s name is derived from the bible. Lemuel is a Hebrew name meaning devoted to God. I decided to name my business Lemu’s treats because my son has always been a guiding light and a source of strength in my life. I want my son to grow up and have a starting point in life and I dream of a legacy that I can leave for him especially since he loves peanut butter so much.”
Samantha Nolan fell in love with Lemu’s Treats peanut butter. After a few weeks, they developed a relationship, and Lorraine explained to Samantha that she had a trailer that was just R6000.00 short of being paid off.
Samantha knew this amount would mean all the difference to Lorraine’s business, so she launched a crowdfund on BackaBuddy to help make the final payment. The final donation that made her dream a reality was made on the 19th of February 2021. It was the last one to come in, and it pushed her crowdfund up to the R6000 mark.
Now today, a day anticipated by so many, Lorraine has received her trailer. Her business can grow, and she will be able to take that hope she had at the start of 2020 and funnel it into 2021.
It just goes to show you how much of a difference we can all make in one person’s life. It is thanks to the friendship that started between Samantha and Lorraine that Lorraine can take her business to the next level. These are the proudly South African moments we love celebrating most!