Matimba Glacia Makaringe

Misscourage (PTY) LTD t/a Courageous Cosmetics


What does your company do?

We manufacturer oil based brand generic perfumes, this means that we make perfumes which smell exactly like designer perfumes and last just as long. Our mission is to restore hope and dignity in underdeveloped communities through the provision of long lasting and affordable perfumes. We offer people an opportunity to buy and resell our products to earn a living.

What is your biggest success?

Watching the business grow in leaps and bounds over the years has been the greatest success, seeing our customers grown in confidence from just simply smelling good keeps us going. In 2023 I graduated from the Fetola Circular Economy Accelerator Program having gained the necessary skills and knowledge to grow a business that will last. Being recognized by Mail and Guardian under the Power of Women 50 flagship in the business category as well as Inside Education as 100 South African Shining Stars in 2023

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Running and growing the business with no funding has been very difficult, but with resilience I kept on going and building the business to reach investment readiness through incubation programs and mentorship and coaching