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“I was wearing a tracksuit pants from my school, St Boniface, when Tsholofelo, who matriculated from EP Lekhela, noticed and realised I was also from Kimberley.”

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TWO ENTREPRENEURIAL female students from Kimberley are funding their studies themselves by selling muffins.

The two go-getters, Refiloe Jarvis, 23, and Tsholofelo Hope Ntidisang, 24, are studying through Unisa in Pretoria.

“We both attended school in Kimberley but decided to study in Pretoria because there are more opportunities there for us and it is also a chance for us to be more independent – to learn more about life and how to do things for ourselves,” Refiloe said.

The enterprising duo said that they decided to bake muffins and earn their own money after being inspired by their mothers, who they describe as businesswomen in their own right.

“My mother had a boutique but had to find other employment after she was forced to close the business due to a lack of funds,” Refiloe stated, while Tsholofelo said her mother was a vendor and sold fruit and vegetables and snack foods like chips.

Although both are from Kimberley, they only got to know each other at university. “I was wearing a tracksuit pants from my school, St Boniface, when Tsholofelo, who matriculated from EP Lekhela, noticed and realised I was also from Kimberley.”

Tsholofelo, who is studying Public Relations, is now also Refiloe’s agent for her modelling career.

“I am the shortest model ever,” Refiloe, who is studying Forensic Science and Technology, pointed out.

They are both the first in their families to go to university.

The two said that they were brain-storming one day about how to raise funds and hit on the idea of making muffins.

“We wake up every morning at 3am and make on average between 72 and 130 muffins a day, which we sell for R10 each in Pretoria and R5 each in Kimberley when we come home for the holidays.”

Their range of muffins includes blueberry, lemon cheesecake, vanilla, chocolate and bran.

“We bake every day so that the muffins are always fresh and there is always a demand for them.”

According to the girls, last month they made around R2 000 profit.

Besides studying, modelling and baking, they also find time to give back to other young girls.

“We are part of a programme called YWFM in Pretoria, which is aimed at empowering young girls by giving them an ear to express their concerns and issues,” they said.