The mantra of “don’t judge a book by its cover” best describes Victory Body and Nail Studio, which left the country in awe on social media for the past weeks.

Thaini Masakane (28) posted her one room tin shack spa with a compelling beautiful interior on Facebook when someone who noticed it shared it on twitter.

Tweeps expressed their thought about her business. “Wow! That is so beautiful, practical and inspirational of you indeed, lady! With amazing attitude, you’re going very far in life.

Just remember to put God first, for the enemy not to steal your big dream”, posted Tshego Bambina. Zide boy proceeded to say “ This are the kind of women we need to see in our society often. Outstanding, brave and got balls”. Many like Maimi Chulo highlighted that “ If this doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know.”

The proud and passionate mother of one from the dusty streets of Botshabelo, Free State, obtained her cosmetology qualification at Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein.

Since then she had been working in the beauty industry but felt like it is time to start her own business.

“The main thing that inspired me to do this is because I love what I do and I enjoy it. I felt like I have offered my service working for someone for a long time.”

Thaini further explains that, she was raised by a businesswoman; that is what channeled her into the business world.

“I was raised by my mom’s sister the late Mabasi Taelo who happened to own a poultry business and she was also selling sweets, baked cakes and peanuts.”

Her business exposure made her desire to run one and at the age of 19 she started practicing.

“ I’ve learned to stand on my two feet when I was 19 years old, selling Tupperware.” Thaini says she didn’t let being an orphan destroy her dream. With the help from her sister Dikeledi Taeli who mentored her it was quiet easy to run the business.

The business driven woman adds that she wants to take her business to new heights. “My ultimate dream is to see my business grow into an empire that will be able to create jobs for the jobless.

“I want this business to be a global brand, to give people hope that you can make it in life only if you set your mind to it. I wish and aspire to get to rural areas and let this brand speak for itself”.

Thaini plans to learn more about the beauty industry and also teach others the skills she acquires.

“ I am now going to focus on growing this business gradually, going to more trainings, equipping myself even more in order to be able to render unique services. I want to end up giving lessons for doing nails, make up, massaging, waxing, to those who will be interested within the community.”

The overwhelmed mother of one says she was shocked by the respond she got from social media, families, the community and friends. “ The response I got blew my mind. I am still in awe and shocked.

I am really humbled and honored, I didn’t expect this at all but I am really grateful”. She adds that she have been receiving calls from outside Free State and people she got to know through the media like Blue Mbobo, a reality TV star, model and actress.

By: Mogotladi Makgato