By Sympathy Sibanda
“Every creativity in me came from my father, who used to design different cloth lines some of which I would help him make and then model in at school, while I was only 14. This cemented what I always felt, that I was meant for more than a normal career path.”
This is what bubble Philma Vinga, a businesswoman and humanitarian reminisces as her moment of realisation that her journey towards achieving her dreams would have to take a path of creativity.
She recently launched her fragrance line called Philma Fragrances which has been received well on the market. Asked why she chose the perfume business she said that it came from her obsession with smelling good leading her to take up online courses.
“I have always loved good scents and I researched on how to make my own oil based perfumes and scented candles which led me to start my own business in this industry. I started small in Karoi where I stay and now we have distributors un Chegutu, Kadoma, Bulawayo and a shop in Harare,” she explained.
The entrepreneur said her mother always pushed her to attain credible educational qualifications which saw her graduating with a degree in History and development studies, landing her a humanitarian job she loves.
“I am both a humanitarian and entrepreneur, this requires me to rely mostly on my network marketing, something I learnt from 2014 to 2019 while being part of many network marketing programmes. My dream is to run a brand that can emulate the likes of Avon, Avroy shlain and Oceane perfumes among many other reputable brands,” Vinga said.
Losing her father in 2020 led Philma to reminisce of her clothing and designing days, a time that fuelled the passion to be creative.
“I feel I can wear a few more hats to what I already wear. I have been leaning towards designing and clothing while also working on my debut book. I see Philma fragrances making waves throughout Africa and empowering others to do even more”
Asked on her promotions for Valentine’s day she said, “We have gift sets promotions running throughout the month of Love-February. How else can one express love than through invoking the sense of smell. Our gift sets will introduce our new product- roll on as well as different sized fragrances and scented candles.”
Philma Vinga’s dream to be in the creative space seems to be taking shape with her fragrance business being the starting point for even bigger feats.