By Njodzeka Danhatu, In Buea
The number of cleaning services popping up here and there in Cameroon in general and Buea, in particular, is a clear indication that pressing business owners may have to re-strategise or risk being booted out of the industry.
Some years back, a majority of people, most especially workers who did not have time to wash their dresses made pressing business very lucrative.
All required of them was to pack their dirty dresses and drop them at pressing premises whereby, they were to be washed and pressed by a machine.
However, what was deemed a lucrative business, especially in urban areas is now facing stiff competition from mere cleaning services being created daily by people who have the strength to watch dresses.
Of recent, many young women and men have been establishing cleaning services due to its mobile nature and the fact that it requires just small capital to run the business.
TWIF NEWS caught up with Gracious Berinyu, a student at the University of Buea who owns a cleaning service.
She came to Buea for studies but was faced with numerous challenges regarding finances to cater for her school needs.
Instead of folding her arms that times were hard like others, the young Gracious would rather think out of the box.
One day, she thought of how she always had time to wash her dresses while thousands of busy people could not do laundry for themselves.
According to her, it was necessary to wash dresses for people as a means to fetch some money for herself.
Berinyu would transform the business idea to what is today known as Beri Cleaning Services.
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Beri Cleaning Services are offered by a growing company that renders washing of dresses, ironing, mopping and cooking. The company equally offers other home-based services.
Gracious Berinyu revealed that her company also helps people to transfer from one house to another, ensuring the best hygienic conditions of their new homes.
They also work in newly constructed houses or offices that need cleaning services.
Over 20 places are rendering similar services in Buea, but Gracious has made her small company distinct.
She has employed over 10 youth to ensure timely delivery of clients’ requests.
The emergence of the numerous laundry services now poses a challenge for pressing business owners who solely rely on electricity and running taps for the functioning of their businesses.
With cleaning services, everything is done in your house and right to the extent of cooking and making your house sparkling.
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