Manufacturing and Selling Coffins and Caskets: A New Business To Pay For My Continuous Treatments:

Target: R40 000       Raised: R7000     See our Raffle Fundraiser from 2017


I have been doing fundraising for the past ten years, raising hundreds of thousands of Rands, for two Adult Stem Cell Treatments in 2011 and 2016. The treatment gives me some quality of life. Though it has become evident that I require more treatment, more often. 


I require eight packets of Adult Stem Cells for at least once a year, at the very least every two years. This would give me a significant boost; these treatments would raise and keep my strength levels up to 90% and obove. At the current rate, I receive eight packets of Adult Stem Cells only every four to five years, raising my strength up to only a mere 40%.


Five years between treatments is simply too long.


Fundraising is incredibly hard work. You are begging for money all the time. I want to be able to afford my own treatments.


I have realized that when it comes to donating money to a worthy cause, people want something in return. The days of simply handing over money for a worthy cause are over, especially in South Africa.


I have received the most donations by hosting fundraising events such as selling works of art, hosting a gospel concert, or raffling a holiday, where people had received something in return for their donation.


On this basis, I had figured I might as well start a business of my own. What is the point of doing all this hard work to raise money to go for treatment every five years, when I can build something for myself that would be a lasting investment in my health, and my future?


I have decided on manufacturing and selling coffins and caskets. Here is why:


1. In my view, it is a product that will sell itself. Roughly 600 000 people die each year in South Africa. Whether you prefer to be buried or cremated, you must be put in a casket for cremation, or a coffin for burial. Coffin and casket manufacterers are in short supply. Because, who wants to build coffins? 

I believe if we build a good product from scratch, build good customer relations and provide the product at an affordable price that this business will work. With commitment, integrity and patience it can be achieved. In order to manufacture and sell coffins, we must be certified. We will complete a training course, which will cover every aspect of the business, from marketing to manufacturing. 


2. It doesn’t require much start-up cost, roughly R40 000 for a basic setup. 


3. I can employ friends & family, who are willing to help grow my business, and who understand my condition and physical needs and disabilities. 


4. We are situated close to Pretoria, Brits and Centurion. These are well populated areas with the potential for good business.


5. I have acquired the assistance of a retired carpenter, who has decades of experience in the woodworking industry.


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All we need is the money for our start-up costs, which is roughly R40 000.

The money would provide for the following:


A) a Comprehensive coffin & casket-building training course at Trimo Coffins and Caskets in Johannesburg. The training includes every single aspect of the business, including manufacturing, marketing plus a Certificate of Completion. The course costs R5700 per person.


B) Power Tools

1. Petrol Power Generator  - R5000 

2. Air Compressor (for Spray painting)  - R3000

3. Gravity Feed Spray Gun – R600

4. Cordless Circular Saw with 40-60 tooth blades (Tungsten carbide tipped teeth)  - R1500

5. Cordless Sander & Sandpaper – R1000

6. Small cordless Drill – R2000

7. Stapler gun  - R500

8. Smaller tools – R500

c) The remainder of the funds will provide for purchasing our first raw material for our first 7-10 coffins and caskets.

d) We will work on a demand and supply basis. 


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