Johannes Mokobi launched ‘JM CarWash‘ as a fundraising idea to raise money for his studies in Web & App Development. He believes that like so many other South Africans, he is working to afford a sustainable life.
But Mokobi hasn’t had an easy life… he was abandoned as a baby at 3 months old & grew up in an orphanage in Johannesburg.
Due to a disadvantaged background and his life journey, the passionate youngster has fallen into a category of people who have not finished their schooling. But Mokobi says that doesn’t mean he is uneducated or uninformed about his potential.
“I am driven and passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, development and change that makes things simpler for people.”
On December, 29 2016, after struggling to find work and not making enough from the odd jobs he was doing, he decided to put all his focus into washing cars full time to raise money to buy a Laptop and Software for his studies.
“You know looking for a job with limited skills and experience is very challenging, even the very basic once are hard to find. Sitting at home doing nothing leads to desperation and stress.”
But the passionate entrepreneur also saw a gap in the market, to offer a ‘digital experience’ and more affordable car wash concept to vehicle owners that may not have the time to wash their cars weekly.
“I am currently studying online Programming with SoloLearn.com which will help me earn a skill in creating and developing of websites and mobile apps. Through the car wash business I am aiming to create a platform to earn an income to fund my studies and basic needs.”
Not only does Mokobi plan to grow the ‘JM CarWash’ concept but he also wants to use it as an empowerment program to help other students who want to fund they studies and basic needs.
Once the idea takes off , the talented South African plans to use it as an empowerment program for other students in need.
He plans to call it ‘Carwash for Education’ and the program will introduce Online Learning and other channels to help unskilled youth to further they studies or earn an employable skills using free or affordable online learning channels.
The future dream will be created to provide part-time or full-time job for students who need to fund their studies or to meet their day to day needs while studying.
Mokabi uses his online skills to market his company but also does pamphlet hand-outs to raise awareness and it seems to be working!
Sophie Raibin found one of his flyers and posted it online initially but later deleted it after hearing terrible stories about Mokobi.
2oceansvibe wrote an article highlighting instances where people had felt that the talented youngster had ‘taken them for a ride’ which was forwarded to Raibin.
Johannes Mokobi has apparently been using the ‘laptop story’ before in many instances to garnish support and money.
Bruce Whitfield spoke to him as well… and questioned the ‘Laptop story’… where Mokobi opened up and explained that it helped him get by. It was his way of connecting to people in order to survive.
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here.