Mashela Mokgabudi

Gentishe Menstrual Cup Pty Ltd

What does your company do?

Manufacture 100% plant-based sanitary towels from agri-waste, in particular banana stems. The stems are processed into fibres and pulp that's further processed into sanitary pads. Used sanitary pads degrade within 35 days of disposal & if buried in soil, they become compost therefore positively impacting on the environment and adding value to agricultural value chain.

What is your biggest success?

Securing Investment Equity from Limpopo Enterprise Development Agency in May 2024, wherein a manufacturing plant worth R7 926 000 will be established within the township in Polokwane, which will create 33 full-time jobs and further enhance 120 SMMEs through the Franchise Model. Being listed as a supplier by Spar Supermarkets in May 2024. Being a Top 10 participant on FoodLover’s Market Enterprise Development Programme with an opportunity to list products at 120 FLM stores. Establishing the Franchise Model to empower 120 SMMEs across FoodLover’s Market Distribution Channels, improving the current Revenue from R780 000 to R1 200 000 per month in May 2024. The opportunity to secure a supplier contract worth R11 million with Phatsima Polokwane Chemicals Suppliers in May 2024.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Securing an Equity Investment Partnership to establish own manufacturing plant to produce GentiShe Biodegradable Sanitary Pads. The manufacturing activities were outsourced since 2019 until 30 April 2024. This meant we could not seek more opportunities whilst we do not have capacity.