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The Future is local.

As a former small business owner myself, I'm acquainted with the hardships faced by entrepreneurs with a limited budget in Mauritius. Ever since, I have found it crucial to help educate others about the challenges faced by SB owners, local products, sustainability and more.  I, initially started this project on Instagram. I have since then, been observing a steady growth of following. This platform will hopefully serve as a mediator between aspiring entrepreneurs and SB owners in Mauritius and anywhere else! One of the goals of this blog is to increase the visibility of local businesses and their products.  Curious to learn more? Check out our SB stories of some budding entrepreneurs.

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Updated: Feb 19, 2021


1. Production is carried on a small scale, meaning that most of the products delivered will be chemical-free, particularly when it comes to skincare, food, drinks and household products.


2. It allows the economy of your country to prosper. Eco-friendly and sustainable brands contribute to a circular economy which means that almost none of their raw materials and resources go to waste.

Moreover, when you buy locally, the money stays in the community.


3. Local businesses support each other

It can be either through free advertising or simply through the exchange of ideas. There is no capital spent unnecessarily on costly billboards, for instance. They focus on building their relationship with their customers and continuously strive to enhance customer satisfaction.

4. You will probably never meet the faces behind Mango or Topshop, whereas it is easy to get in touch with the founders themselves and share your views regarding their products or service when it comes to locals.

5. Every local business has its personality. No two are the same. Local companies are unique and will provide you with an experience distinctive from that of chain stores.

6.Supporting local businesses is an excellent means to fight pollution; less is spent on transportation, the land is preserved, carbon print emission and waste are significantly reduced.

Shop local! It's a win-win for everyone!




One of you guys asked us how to start a business from scratch in Mauritius, so we came up with all the relevant bits in our short article today. It covers all the legal, administrative and shall we add, boring aspects of the very start of your future.


If you’re curious to know about the very foundation of a business, check out this link https://www.instagram.com/p/CAGqLnkg3rN/ it’s all about that B…Business Plan!

Albeit, we tried to list all the necessary parts of starting a business in Mauritius, we are no experts and hence, we would advise getting a professional’s help or asking your entrepreneur friends for theirs. We keep saying it repeatedly- at this stage, you should be ready to seek out any kind of help and advice that others might offer.



Entrepreneurship is all about learning- bear this in mind and you’ll thank us later. As for the financial part, we suggest considering SME Schemes which might help you with loans, although we have to admit that we personally don’t know about eligibility. (We’ll keep that for some other time.)




Secondly it is important to know that the requirements for foreigners and locals varies, more info from the MCCI here :

https://www.mcci.org/en/inside-mauritius/doing-business/start-a-business/requirements-for-foreigners/

After designing your business plan, the next step is to decide the type of business that you wish to carry, most entrepreneurs with a limited budget, go for a sole proprietorship, you can also opt for a partnership, a limited liability company or a co-operative society which is quite common in Mauritius particularly in the agricultural sector.


Prior to the registration, choose a location to operate as you will need to specify it later when filling out forms.

Find a suitable name for your company, the name should be unique- you can verify this on the Registrar of Companies’ website:


Check the availability of the name here:[https://companies.govmu.org:4343/MNSOnlineSearch/]


To register your business, you can either go the Registrar itself, ask a corporate service provider to do it or simply download a form online and fill it in and submit it to the Registrar of Companies.


Download forms here:

http://companies.govmu.org/English/Companies%20Division/Pages/Downloadable-Forms.aspx


You will need to provide the name of your business, , the nature of business, location, postal address, number of people working, proposed date of launching your business, contact details and most likely you will be required to pay a fee of Rs 100 (1-10 persons).The fee will depend on the number of people employed at the time of registration of the business. This step usually takes some days and is usually carried straightforwardly. This step also enables you to acquire a BRN (Business Registration Number) which will often be necessary while trading.


Should you wish to incorporate a company, with directors and shareholders and having a legal personality, do check out portalmns.mu/cbris-F1Dom/login, you can actually complete all formalities online and make a bank transfer (of around Rs3000) and get your certificate of incorporation within 1 week. ( Yes! You need to incorporate your business to secure your business idea, products and services- companies benefit also from some form of secrecy as to the owners .


Incorporation, here:

http://companies.govmu.org/English/Pages/How-to-Incorporate-a-Company.aspx)



If you wish to rent or invest in a commercial space, then it is necessary to apply for a trade permit, you will first have to obtain a list of documents and forms from the municipal council of the town/village in which you will be operating and relevant documents from the owner in order to obtain a trade license before operating. This procedure might be lengthy and is always speeded up with the help of the owner.

More info or building or land permit use here:

https://www.cidb.mu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Blp-Guide-Updated.pdf

As for funding, you can either contact banking institutions or leasing companies.


A small business is not made up solely of creativity and resources, a lot of work has to be done in terms of advertising, accounting, procurement and paperwork, you can always do everything by yourself which might seem like a load but not as long as you do it regularly. Procrastination is your worst enemy as a small business owner.

As your business grows bigger, it is always wise to hire people to take care of parts of running a business that you don’t fully comprehend, such as accountants or legal advisers.


We hope our short article has enabled you to have an overview of the procedures behind setting up a business! This part is certainly even less fun than the business plan but it is worth getting everything done in the right way to avoid any disruption or hassle in the future.



Updated: May 19, 2021

Green is the new Black! Get to know the entrepreneurs behind this sustainable brand and support their efforts to build a healthier planet. Ayman, co-founder of All Naturals tells us more about her journey and how altering her own lifestyle contributed to the concept of natural self-care through organic products.



Products:

Face Scrubbies -Cleaning Sponge/Exfoliator

Soap Nuts for Eco-laundry

Shea Body Butter ( Coco Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Wild Flowers)

Reusable Makeup Pads


Find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/allnaturals.mu/


1.How did you become interested in eco-friendly products?

I suppose it all came together when I became more conscious of my lifestyle. I have been interested in natural products and simple, natural ways of doing things since a very young age. It might sound cliché but to be completely honest, it is simply a passion that turned into an idea and much more over time. Taking better care of myself with what nature has to offer has kept that interest alive throughout the years. Self-care has probably been the reason behind the conceptualisation of products that would eventually help yield a healthier and happier planet.



2. Did you have any previous experience in this field?


Not really. I have always dreamt about having something of my own. It was a childhood dream that slowly pieced itself together to become what is now known as All Naturals. I believe learning is lifelong process. Once you to start somewhere, you just have to make sure to keep the growth going. The point is to figure it out along the way and not to give up on your vision.


3. What inspired you to create the soap nuts?


In fact, it all began with the soap nuts itself. When my co-founder Yasir’s little brother started having skin reactions from using store-bought detergent, we decided to research it intensively and as we did so, we found the soap nuts aka nature’s way of doing laundry! It blew our minds and we knew instantly that we needed to share it with everyone !



4. Could you tell us more about the Scrubbie? It is quite an unusual product. How would you recommend using it?


There’s so much to say about the scrubbie ! Our scrubbie comes with unique features. It was designed in the first place to provide maximum exfoliation without drying out the skin. We also kept in mind that we had to lessen the damage caused to our oceans. Many of us might not know this but store-bought scrubs contain thousands of micro-plastic beads that end up in our sewage system. That’s why we created the scrubbie which is a zero-waste product. When it’s used up, you can simply cut it into small pieces and add it to compost.

The scrubbie has two sides, there’s the inner, puffy side and the outer, textured edge. You use it as you would with a face brush or konjac sponge with your usual facial soap/wash. Use the scrubbie in a circular motion to gently exfoliate your skin. As for the puffy side it’s meant for the sensitive areas on your face. You can also make the most out of it by using the textured edge when your skin needs an extra cleanse or even daily to combat an oily t-zone :)

5. What changes have you witnessed in the sustainability movement over the past years in Mauritius?


People here, are definitely becoming more aware of the need to make more conscious choices and go for sustainable options. However, although the movement is growing, there’s still a very long way to go but together we can make it happen.


6. What are the biggest challenges one faces when building a 100% eco-friendly brand?



Firstly, I would say 2 of our biggest challenges are getting people interested and adopting eco-friendlier alternatives when it comes to packaging. It’s hard to give up habits to which we have been ac


customed over the years. When an individual decides to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle, it means that he is changing his old ways, which of course is not something that can be instantly done.

Packaging remains a real struggle, so we are still working on finding eco-friendlier options.

Secondly, people are interested in learning more and while they find it interesting, they are always skeptical and need that extra push from us. That is also something exciting for us as it’s challenging but rewarding when you get positive feedback.

7. Do you think a small community of eco-friendly people can make other locals question their choices when it comes to consumption?

With the help of social media, it has become easier to share eco-friendly ways of doing things. This has proven to be helpful actually as we’re all in this journey together. It is vital to move forward as a community and remember what the end goal is- a happy &healthy planet.


There are two Facebook groups named Zerowaste Mauritius and Fridaysforfuture.mauritius which promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. I definitely recommend joining them if you wish to make changes to your lifestyle. Sovlanatir is another movement founded by young activists advocating eco-change. They also address various social issues along the way. The younger generations are doing a great job at changing things actually!



8. What do you think can be done to encourage Mauritians to go eco-friendly?


It is necessary to raise awareness but in a kind and gentle way as a reminder to care for our island and for the planet. We believe kindness is prime when it comes to change and actions indisputably speak louder than words, so keep sharing your ways of doing things and it will inspire others.




9. What can be done to empower women entrepreneurs, like yourself in Mauritius?


More spaces need to be provided along with adequate resources for us to move forward.

Information is scattered when it comes to schemes provided by the government, the legal side of a business, taxes etc. Sources of information, resources and space are some of the aspects that need to be redefined and simplified.

10. What are your goals with All Naturals for the next 10 years?


We wish to come up with more natural alternatives and sustainable products in order to promote a lifestyle that aligns with nature. We hope that this will enable more and more people to consume more consciously and responsibly. I hope that the small eco-friendly in Mauritius succeeds in achieving a lasting shift in our ways of doing things and most importantly, in our way of thinking. We want to ease the change with our products and, I genuinely believe that we’re already slowing getting there.

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