At the end of June, 13 Open Africa homestay hosts from the Western Cape had the opportunity to attend atwo-week hospitality training courseat the South African College for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet.
Apart from sharpening their skills in business, marketing and technology, the course culminated in the creation of an exceptional Airbnb listing, sending each of the attendees off on a brand new marketing journey.
We've been introducing one or two attendees a month here on the blog, and would like you to meet Nomsa Ndabambi from Imizamo Yethu today.
While Nomsa is still in the early days of setting up her homestay business, she firmly believes that she wouldn't have been able to even start fulfilling this long-term dream, if it weren't for her employer, Original T-Bag Designs.
Nomsa started working at the unique upcycling initiative that turns used tea bags into amazing arts and crafts in 2000 and over the years managed to save up enough money to buy a home of her own.
With her employer's support, she's managed to start setting up a small hospitality business of her own.
Along with this, she also provides for her three children and elderly mother. Sivu, the oldest daughter, has been sponsored to do a two year business and accounting course, while Sinazo works at her church crèche to gain experience in child care.
Sniazo is hoping to resume her schooling when the family have the money and Avuyile, Nomsa’s son, is doing very well at Kronendal primary.
Nomsa still spends most of her time working at the main T-bag Design shop in Hout Bay where she engages with travellers from all over the world, but hopes to one day get to the point of being a full-time homestay host.