Over the period of Mother's Day we, at Difrax SA, got to collaborate with local brands that were created by talented #Momtrepreneurs who shared their stories about running their own businesses while raising and running after their little humans.
Momtrepreneur Hannah - Skin Creamery
Hannah is the owner of @skincreamery, here’s how she juggles being a mom while running her own business:
I have two children, Adam 10 and Emily 7. I always knew I wanted to be a mom and the process has taught me a lot about myself. It is a constant learning journey that brings me joy and challenges every day.
I wanted to start my own business so that I could work at my own pace. I started Skin Creamery when both my kids were very small and it grew as my children grew, so it has been a beautiful journey to witness. It’s been great having control over my schedule so I have time for my children when they’ve needed me. It's important that I do the school pick-ups and hear about their day and that I am there for them in the afternoons.
The challenges have been juggling all the responsibilities of being a mom and a small business owner. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough of me to go around and at times it is extremely overwhelming, however it’s something I’ve had to learn to deal with and there is much more balance now than there was in the early years. I have the right support structures in place in the business and I make sure to support myself emotionally and by keeping healthy.
Momtrepreneur Michele - Karoo Baba
Michele is the owner of @karoo_baba who we collaborated with and she what triggered her focus onto making Karoo Baba the success it is.
I am a mom of two boys, 8 and 16 years old, and ever since I had children I vowed to not have a full time career that keeps me away from my kids. I always endeavoured to have a job that would allow me to be able to avoid sending my kids to aftercare and always be available and work from home. I am so proud to say that even though this has not been easy, I have stuck to my guns and have managed to raise amazing kids as well as build a beautiful local brand and business through it.
Karoo Baba started in 2017 when I was still working as an independent travel agent, but since Covid I have been so grateful for the time to focus on this amazing brand, as it has grown from strength to strength. Through it all, managing a small local business as a mom of two as well as having to motivate myself every day has not been an easy task, but has been worth it in every way.
The joys are that I don't have to work according to anyone else's schedule. The challenges are that you have no one to call when things go wrong, however knowing why I do it makes it worthwhile and I would not have it any other way. It also proves how resilient and strong us moms can be when we are working for the right cause - absolutely unstoppable!
Momtrepreneur Amanda - Amanda Jane Candles
Our last featured Momtrepreneur is Amanda-Jayne Cumming, the owner of @amandajaynecandles.
First and foremost I am a mom to two beautiful boys, 8 years and 3 years old. Life is super busy, but at the same time extremely rewarding. Juggling has become something I have had to master over the past few years - with a growing business and family to nurture I have learnt to make every moment count.
I started Amanda-Jayne back in 2014 when I had my firstborn. My plan was to have a small business aligned with my passion and love for scents, that I could run from home and still be around for my boys. After my second child was born Amanda-Jayne rapidly expanded, we moved into a factory, and I now have a lovely team of ladies who support and assist me.
The hardest part of it all has been finding that balance, time for work, time for my family and time for me. Each day has new hurdles, but with my strong team and incredible family supporting me it has been an amazing journey, and I feel truly blessed.