MEDOWIE’s newest young entrepreneurs have made quite the impression with their business venture, ‘Renee and Stacey’s Soaps’.
Twins Renee and Stacey Binskin are seventeen years old and currently in Year 12.
The girl’s mother, Ali Binskin, told News Of The Area “We had been thinking and planning together as a family for a long time about the girls starting a market business, as a great employment option for them.”
“Starting this business stemmed from watching my niece, who is a support worker in another area, help an adult with Down Syndrome start her own business in Armidale.”
“I loved the concept and the ability for the girls to start their own business, so Renee and Stacey’s Soaps was born,” she said.
Whilst this small business is about the girls earning an income, and learning a trade beyond their time at school, it is also about so much more.
The girls are learning how a recipe, and the art of making something from scratch, works and also how recipes can be tweaked to suit their business as it expands and adds extra products.
They are learning money handling skills and about how to communicate within the community.
“With a child with high anxiety, the opportunity for her to grow confidence by starting this business has been amazing,” Ali said.
“As a parent my reasons behind helping the girls start this was for confidence in their ability, learning how to handle money, communication with the general public and lessening the anxiety in their daily life.”
Renee and Stacey have a say in the recipes they create, and also how they will end up looking for sale.
They are now beginning to take their products to local markets and businesses, and are learning a lot about money and profit and how to run a business.
Renee and Stacey qualified through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for some support worker hours, which enables them to have assistance to make their products, which helps their Mum Ali still be able to work around her own work hours and helping the girls with their business.
“Without the NDIS workers support, and also the support of the local community and the girls customers who continue to buy from them, this wouldn’t be possible.”
“I am so grateful for all the support we have available to make this a successful business for the girls,” Ali said.
Renee and Stacey’s Soaps can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/reneeandstaceyssoaps/.
By Rachael VAUGHAN