By Neo Kolane
Leribe Buying and Selling Syndicate (LEBUSESY) Co-operatives has introduced a newly produced product called Lebusi in June this year.
A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
LEBUSESY is situated at Hlotse in the Leribe district.
LEBUSESY Co-operative is secondary built by primary co-operatives. It came into existence in 1994.
A member of a marketing committee of the co-operative of LEBUSESY Tatolo Kakata told theReporter that members buy and sell medication, animal feed and seeds.
Kakata said the members decided to form the cooperative after realising that they did were broke and needed some money to live.
He explained that potatoes were chosen as the main products “because they are important to human skins as they are a natural source of hyaluronic acid which is an excellent agent to replenish skin moisture and hydrate skin from within.”
He said that potato peels are rich in phenolic compounds, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, folic acid, and b-vitamins that promote the overall health of our eyes, skin, and nervous system.
Some of the lotions are made from prickly pears.
“The potatoes are being bought from fruits and vegetable supermarkets but from the beginning of the coming year, some of our members will be producing their own potatoes.
“We have not encountered some problems just that the sale price of potatoes increase, which is a bit problematic. We are aiming to have a barcode so that our lotion can be found in the shelves of supermarkets.
“What stands out about this product is that the other lotions need to be mixed with glycerine for longer moist, Lebu does not need to be mixed.
“Secondly it smells pleasantly and lastly the skin stay moist for a long time,” Kakata said.
The lotion can be found in a 750ml bottle which costs M25 and is currently available in Hlotse.
“Our members take the product and sell it, and they keep the M5 so that they have something in their pocket.
“By the end of the year, we are aiming to have products that make up five percent of the products found in supermarkets,” Kakata boasted.
He urged Basotho to support the co-operative by buying its products.
Kakata can be found on can be contacted on mobile number +266- 5015 5053