A woman’s worth

VIROSH Naidoo worked for an internet café in Tongaat for nine years before she bought the struggling business, which had gone up for sale following a trying financial period, turning it around to create VK Technologies Internetcafe/ Computer Store and Digital Printers.

“Coming from an Indian background, I think the role of luck for me is my faith in God and prayer.

“It was hard being in a so-called ‘man’s field’. In the beginning, it was difficult to be trusted if a person came in with a computer or laptop for repairs. They would ask me a lot of questions, for it was a female that was going to assist them with the repairs.” But it didn’t take long for Naidoo to settle in and the male gender to start trusting her in the technical department.

Naidoo said: “I have learnt that sometimes, in order to be successful, you have to work that much harder in the face of those who doubt you.“

She has since acquired two other businesses over the years — Oasis Stationers and Easy PC.

She said that she has grown VK Technologies into an established digital printer and computer store. “When someone hears success, money and status comes to mind. But, to be honest, success has not yet struck me. Being successful to me is when I see a smile on my family’s face, food on the table and my head held up high.”

Having said this, she did say she felt “epic” when she received the Women Entrepreneur for 2017 certificate at a Women’s Day function, hosted at Hot Shots Niteclub in Tongaat in 2017.

“Being a successful woman in business means believing in yourself and trusting your instinct.

“Live in the moment, take the a step forward. It’s pure initiative and hard work.”