Shakinah Catering Services

 

It never ceases to amaze me how much time people waste searching for shortcuts to success and fulfillment, when the correct path is staring them right in the face. It’s hard, I know, it’s a lot of work; but the most important thing is to have passion.

From a very young age, I have always been business minded. Consequently, many businesses have passed my hands. I have tried everything within my reach, having found inspiration from the words of the Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson; “don’t stop until you lay your hands on your destined business”.

When I got married I would host mine and my husband’s families for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and all sorts. That led to my love of cooking, I simply loved good food. I would cook with pride and I enjoyed seeing the joy in people’s faces as they ate. The more compliments I was given, the more I strived to do better. People kept telling me I could do this for a living, but I wasn’t convinced; so, I continued to pray for the right business for me.

One thing I have learnt over the years is how important it is to surround yourself with “eagles”, people who aim high in life, who will motivate and encourage you. I was blessed to have found this trait in my pastors Mr and Mrs Samushonga; who encouraged me to go university.

I soon found myself in my last year of university, a divorcee and a single mother. Imagine!

While I was studying towards my degree; my marriage was on the rocks and eventually this led to a divorce. I soon found myself in my last year of university, a divorcee and a single mother. Imagine! On top of that, I had been struggling with the fact that I wasn’t passionate about the course I had invested all these years of study in. I now knew for sure that cooking was my passion. Thankfully, however, God saw me through it all and by His grace, I completed my studies.

I also thank God for my family and my dearest friends who supported me when my marriage was falling apart. They encouraged and stood by me when I had lost all hope, reminding me that there is hope in Christ.

Image may contain: foodAt last, I decided to turn my passion into a career. I completed the relevant courses and got myself certified. I used Facebook to advertise my services and the response was overwhelming! My confidence began to grow as I really started to believe in myself. Around that time, I came across Chef Cyrus Todiwala, the award-winning pan-Indian restauranteur. I went on to read his biography which motivated me even further as I realised I could make it in the food industry.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [Philippians 4:13] – This verse kept me going. The journey wasn’t easy, like with most businesses, I had some financial difficulties since I had to buy my own equipment. I had to make certain sacrifices, believing that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel.

As my career progresses, I aspire to influence women’s groups and various organisations through sharing my love and knowledge of meal preparation.

With passion, determination and most importantly God, you can be limitless MT

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