Mentoring: Amanda Ndiki

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Business woman, Amanda Ndiki  is one of those many women of God that are truly remarkable. She is strong and principled and knows that without God life is impossible.  She is also living proof that God is for us and when we set out to do what He has called us to do, we find help in time of need. Here is our interview with her about her business journey and the lessons she has learned.

Inside Woman: Tell us how you got to know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour? 

Amanda Ndiki:  My mother is such a Spiritual and prayer warrior, so when the hard knocks of life came to my direction. The only advice and solution that my mum always suggested and encouraged was Prayer.   When I separated from my late husband in 2009, that's when I truly experienced and knew Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.

Inside Woman: What has this relationship taught you about life and God’s plan for our lives?

Amanda Ndiki: The relationship has taught me to fully understand Matthew 6:33 when it says “Seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all these things will be given to you. As Christians sometimes we don't seek His Face but instead we seek His Hands of blessings, we want his Kingdom but we are not willing to live righteously. By seeking His face it means we will personally know the Father, His voice, His gentle touch and His presence in our lives. We will know how much He wants us to be obedient and pure for Him.

Inside Woman: Please tell us about Boipelo Events. What is it all about?

Amanda Ndiki: Boipelo Bon Events is my growing baby that I started in 2010. We offer events planning for any occasion, be it your wedding, graduation, parties, corporate function and any we turn it into a WOW event. We also offer catering services from small to big numbers and we have an in-house speaker, Thabiso Sikwane, for any bookings. We always deliver above and beyond the client's needs and expectations to produce unforgettable event for them.

Inside Woman: What inspired you to follow your passion?

Amanda Ndiki:  I was at the lowest point in my life. I had separated from my late husband with no job or any source of income and like any other person I was looking for a job but with no luck. I then remembered I used to bake and sell scones at varsity to make extra money, on the other hand I enjoyed cooking for my family and friends. That's where I started thinking out of the pot... hahaha.

Inside Woman: Why did you believe you can succeed dong this kind of work?

Amanda Ndiki:  I always believed I was an entrepreneur from a young age, besides my scones were selling left and right at varsity, so that gave me hope.

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Inside Woman: How did you fund your business?

Amanda Ndiki:  Shoooo...what a difficult journey. I registered the company using my own money from the scones I was selling.  With my first job, my mother and uncle had to loan me the money to do the job and this happened for about six months until I was settled.

Inside Woman: Is college/university education important when running your own business?

Amanda Ndiki:  Yes education is important. Honestly we live in a competitive world where you need to up your game in what you do. You need to network and communicate with other people and this requires one to be educated in some areas.

Inside Woman: Why do you think you will succeed when so many small businesses fail?

Amanda Ndiki: Boipelo means pride in Tswana therefore I take pride in my work and what I do. I treat my customers with fairness. Even when they bring R500 to the business, I still treat them as if they are bringing R50 000.

Inside Woman: How do you separate yourself from your competitors?

Amanda Ndiki: I treat every client equally. All my clients are VIP's to me and we take pride in what we do.

Inside Woman: How do you balance your private and business life?

Amanda Ndiki: I believe if you do something you are passionate about, you don't really have to wear different hats because who you are at work should be who you are at home but you do it on a bigger scale. When you do what you love and your family knows that this is something that you love they will the vision. So you won’t deviate from who you are, the person they know.

Inside Woman: Do you ever have times when you want to leave it all behind and do something else?

Amanda Ndiki:  Hell noooo! I want to see this baby grow hence I have fully committed no matter how hard it is. There are sleepless nights, teething phases and crawling years but eventually I want to see this baby fully walking and talking my language.

Inside Woman: Name three characteristics that have worked for you to ensure that you run a a successful business?

Amanda Ndiki: Dedication, perseverance, and going the extra mile for a client. The Book of James 1:4 says, “let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete”. This scripture showed me that, if you don’t have persevere in whatever you are doing you will never conqueror.

Inside Woman: What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?

Amanda Ndiki: That I must sleep with a man to get a job or tender. These are some of the challenges that require a person to have firm and strong principles.

Inside Woman:  What role has your faith played in those tough times of your entrepreneurial life?

Amanda Ndiki: Faith has taught me to trust the process that His ways are beyond my understanding.   The scripture that keeps me going when times are tough is John 11 talking about the death of  Lazarus. This revelation took me to another level of faith. I was a Martha at some point in my life, crying for healing moments like she did when her brother was sick (John 11:21). So many times in our walk with Christ, when we face challenges, we doubt God, we don't see any light, we mourn, we grieve, yet we don't understand that God wants to bring resurrection in our lives. You see, We cry for Healing moments in our lives, yet God doesn't just want to heal us, He wants to do something great, something beyond our human understanding. He wants to resurrect so we can know His power.

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Inside Woman: Do you have a mentor(s) and what role (s) have they played in your life?

Amanda Ndiki: My best mentor is my mother and the Holy Spirit.

Inside Woman: If you had to do this all over again what would you change?

Amanda Ndiki:  I would change how I started managing my finances. I used to just spend and not invest anything on my business. I learnt that later, I wish I started earlier.

Inside Woman: What is your advice to women who are thinking about starting their own business but feel inadequate?

Amanda Ndiki: I would strongly suggest they pray about it. If truly they are meant to take that path, the Holy Spirit will guide them. Have an honest conversation with yourself about the path you want to explore. Ask yourself questions like: are you really an entrepreneur or are you doing it because everyone is doing it? Ask yourself why you want to do this, how you are going to do it and where you see yourself in this journey.

Inside Woman: What do you say to Christian women who have identified their gifts and talents but still feel stuck?

Amanda Ndiki: Again pray about it. Find the reasons within you that got you to point of stagnancy in your life, reasons that you alone can answer and no one else. Sometimes we need to have those uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and let them out so we are able to deal with them and be able to move forward. Identify your weaknesses first, painful as they are then have a plan on how to put corrective measures in place to overcome them.

Inside Woman: Do you think you are born an entrepreneur or it’s something you can learn?

Amanda Ndiki: Some people are just born with it and yes others learn along the way.

Here are the contact details of Amanda Ndiki

Email: amanda@boipelo.biz / boipelobon@gmail.com - use both emails when sending her an email please.

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