Walvis Bay teenager melts hearts with ice cream business – The Namibian


A BOY (15) from Walvis Bay recently started an ice cream business with the aim of “making people smile”.

The Grade 10 pupil, Stefan Goosen, says he observed that ice cream makes people happy, and thus started his business in 2021 to make extra money, while interacting with residents during weekends.

“I always need extra money, aside from pocket money. The bonus is that I can make a difference in someone’s life one day at a time by making them smile. I borrowed money from my parents and used my own pocket money to buy stock. A family friend who observed my dedication later provided me with a push ice cream cart,” he says.

He later bought a bicycle and attached the cart to it to get to customers faster, as some of the ice cream was melting.

He advises young people to create opportunities that will make them financially independent and happy.

“Go for a business that you enjoy. Life is short, and we must enjoy everything. Always be grateful for what God has done for you, because he does so much for you. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

Community member Carien Botha says she was surprised when she heard an ice cream bell in her street for the first time.

“Those things do not exist anymore. I discovered that it was a 15-year-old boy. I urge people to support this young entrepreneur with his friendly smile. I’m proud of him and his parents.”

His mother, Charne Goosen, is also proud of her hardworking son.

“He was in the top 10 at school last year. Teenagers always have something extra that they would like to buy and he is using his extra money for that. He especially loves God and tells people about Him,” she says of her son who hopes to become an aquaculture engineer.


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