By Precious Marecha
HAILING from Masvingo and now based in Pretoria South Africa, Elizabeth Manhanga founded a mobile food initiative during the covid-19 imposed lockdown as she sought ways to make money and survive.
According to Manhanga, the Covid- 19 pandemic was a greatest motivator for her to start up preparing pizzas for sale.
The 24 year old highlighted that there were also other push factors to her business like the growing demand for food by people so she stepped in and took the challenge of offering nutritious food made with passion.
“I have always loved making food so venturing into making pizzas was never difficult. I went from just making food for consumption to looking for business opportunities,” Manhanga told the Entrepreneurial Magazine.
“Pizzas and meal preps by Liz opened its doors to the public in June 2020 and operating from home has its challenges but I successfully make 50 pizzas per day single handed.”
The young entrepreneur has the vision to break out into a franchise and sell more than just pizzas, while creating employment to help alleviate unemployment and poverty in her community.
” I have also managed to buy essential utensils for my small business and have gained so much confidence during the process,” said Manhanga
The young entrepreneur added that she did not always made a perfect pizza and her friends offered her constructive criticism that made her strong and bold.
“I did not give up at the first failed pizza, l kept trying and l have learnt if you cannot make with the first attempt then you have to keep on trying,” she said.
“In my younger days we played a game called ‘try again’ and this has been a good foundation for my approach to challenges,”