Inspired greatly by the lack of locally produced goods in our supermarkets shelves, an innovative 23-year-old Leungo Tebogo came up with a simple yet lucrative solution. The young Motswana Finance graduate is the brainchild behind “Ba Hana Farmers Market”; an outdoor grocery store located in Letlapeng fields in Tlokweng.
According to Tebogo, the Ba Hana Farmers Market is an apt event held on the second Sunday of every month, which hosts local products and give them a platform to meet the market and grow. The event will be held next month (July 9, 2017) from 10am until 4pm with a minimum cover charge of P20, while kids under the age of six gain free entry.
“The market is not limited to just farming products but all sectors are welcome to participate. However, the rule is; the vendors must ‘Grow it, Make it or Cook it’ and there is no re-sale of the items,” said Tebogo.
Quizzed how the idea came about, Tebogo said the company was formed in 2016 and on the same year won the Gabz FM #MadeBW entrepreneurship competition.
“We won several prizes such as a year’s advertising on the adult contemporary radio station, Gabz FM and Sunday standard. Other prizes includes branding and social media handling, a website, coaching by Fat Cake accelerator as well as mentorship by businessman, Jagdish Shah and a whooping P100 000 start-up cash.”
She said the word “Ba Hana” is Setswana for “they are here”, which appositely translates into, “Balemi barui le bagwebi Ba Hana”.
“It’s a fun day out for the whole family with many different activities. There is a kiddie’s corner sponsored by Gizzies entertainment which has face painting, games and a domestic zoo with farm animals such as pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys and horse riding. There is also music and good relaxed Sunday vibes!”
Tebogo noted that the main purpose of this event is to showcase the talent and potential we have as a nation focusing on the agricultural sector.
“We are expecting products such as fresh produce, jam, chilli, baked goods, biltong and many more. As a way of adding life and excitement to the market, we have included exciting activities beyond the core purpose of selling and buying. We will have music and other fun things for the whole family.”