Isabel Resende made a daring move into entrepreneurship in 2021, turning her passion for people and gardening into a thriving business. She is a partner and the Managing Director of Control Plus Services, Limitada, a Mozambican company specializing in gardening and pest control.
Resende stated that several factors influenced her decision to pursue entrepreneurship, the most important of which was her desire to manage people and help them grow professionally, as well as to explore more of her own potential.
“What inspired me the most were people and the possibility of creating a positive impact in their lives. Another inspiring factor for me was the possibility of being able to contribute with my own hands and with my own work to the construction, consolidation and growth of a business through which we provide services that serve as a reference in our area of activity,” she told the linonessesofafrica.
She currently has 10 employees, mostly young people from her area of operation. She describes her team as motivated, dynamic and committed to the company’s cause.
“Here we are more than co-workers, we are a family always willing to share knowledge, experiences and cultivate the spirit of mutual help, always keeping in mind our main objective, which is the satisfaction of our customers,” she said in response to a question about her team.
Resende had no prior entrepreneurship experience when she founded her company. She did not have anyone close to her to take inspiration and gather experiences, unlike other entrepreneurs who came from entrepreneurial backgrounds.
While she regrets her background, Resende believes it enabled her to forge her own path, make her own decisions based on her reality, and develop the ability to resolve the issues she faced.
“It has been a fantastic journey, full of challenges and learning and an experience completely different from anything I have ever lived, which allows me to develop new skills and explore more of my potential,” she said about her entrepreneurial journey.
Concerning her company’s future plans, she stated that she intends to consolidate and expand her operations throughout Mozambique. The company is currently based in Maputo City and has representatives in the country’s central and northern regions.
“We intend to be a national and perhaps international reference in the field of pest control and gardening. In addition, we intend to build a team that is increasingly cohesive, motivated and happy to be part of this company,” she added.
Resende has a background in Human Resource Management. She also holds a law degree and a master’s degree in Business Management with over 10 years of experience in the job market.