#OKWomenYouCanCountOn featuring Engela Pieters
Meet Engela Pieters, buyer at OK Foods Karibib, pillar in her community and one of our #OKWomenYouCanCountOn. Engela started in business at the young age of 27 and has some great advice for young girls on how to survive in the industry. Engela is involved in caring for the elderly in her community, supports animal welfare and believes happiness is the joy of life.
Who has been a strong female role model to you?
No other way to say this as it’s Women’s Month – my mother. Not because of what she said, but by the example she set. She taught me to be strong in every aspect of life – in good times and bad – and to show others how to handle all the things that will cross your path with dignity.
What advice do you have for any young girl who has her sights set on a career in retail/business?
As we started our own business at the age of 27, I know what it takes to run a business at a young age. The only way to survive is hard work – be disciplined, be involved in every aspect off your business, love what you do, respect your employees, and be committed to your customers. And the golden rule – be consistent.
Best business advice you’ve been given?
To build up a strong business team via your commitment to your business – meaning be the leader by example in every way.
At OK, we pride ourselves on being owners you can count on. Is there any special way you are trying to make a difference in the lives of the people in your community?
We support older people with food parcels, and we support the state veterinarian with local animal immunisation 4 times a year.
It is our commitment to build on a tradition of caring for our customers through personal service, quality products and excellent value for money.
In appreciation of our customers’ loyalty, we will always endeavour to fulfil their needs by constantly adding value to their lives.
Please share your favourite motivational or inspirational quote with us.
“In life some people like to talk the talk – we prefer to walk the walk”.
Do you have a charity/special cause that is close to your heart?
Definitely animal welfare.