Entrepreneurship Spotlight

PERFECT INFUSIONS by Nyakallo Mashinini

Do you enjoy natural, flavourful, and colourful beverages?  If you do, then you must try Perfect Infusions’ range of dehydrated fruits.  It is like drinking sunshine!

Nyakallo Mashinini stays in Port Elizabeth with her partner, and baby boy.  They are originally from Bethlehem in the Free State but set down roots in the beautiful Eastern Cape a few years ago. 

Nyakallo is a Project Manager for a renowned market research firm that works across Africa.  So, apart from being a working mom, she travels quite extensively and has a job with loads of responsibility.  Being a busy urban lady did not stop this young (27) entrepreneurial fireball from seeing and grabbing a lucrative opportunity and starting a side-line business during lock-down.

Perfect Infusions supply dehydrated fruits (mainly oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, limes, lemons, and pineapple) to use as garnish for alcoholic beverages.  Although she mainly packs for restaurants, bars and private clients for this use, many people do not know that dehydrated fruits can be used for more than just garnish in alcoholic beverages.  Nyakallo’s clients use her products in biscotti, to make infused tea and water, and they add the fruit to their oats and muesli.

She started Perfect Infusions in August 2020.  While working from home, Nyakallo realised how important it was, especially during these uncertain economic times we were all facing, to be resilient and have multiple streams of income.  “I never saw myself as an entrepreneur at heart, but I believe that with a positive mindset and the necessary ‘go’ anything is possible”.  So, she started to cut and dehydrate fruit in her kitchen.

Nyakallo uses Aramex often, because she can rely on them to deliver her products on time and in good order.  She also loves Aramex’s tracking application as she can keep track of exactly where her client parcels are and when it will arrive at their doorstep. 

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Roslynn van Jaarsveld

Roslynn van Jaarsveld is a master’s graduate from NMU Port Elizabeth, South Africa, specialising in Applied Media and Plain Language Application. Ros has a passion for business growth, writing for impact and building relationships which are the cornerstones of her success. Her 20 years’ experience in PR, communication, and marketing, brings a wealth of knowledge and skill which she happily shares with the MicroHub team and customers. “Connecting and inspiring people are part of who I am. When something comes to you naturally, use it to make a difference – then you can be happy and fulfilled – and success will follow.”

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