Dipna Lala – owner of Magic Firefly shares how she started
her business, and this is her story.
Like many young mums out there, we sit and daydream about one day starting our own successful business. Magic Firefly has always been a dream of mine, but I never got down to put into practice because of my hectic work life and at the same time being a mum to two beautiful children. I worked in the corporate industry for 12 years and the hustle and bustle of deadlines and tight work schedules always somehow made me go back for more.
In 2014 my life changed radically, as it does for many
women. I had a baby. She was the most gorgeous and beautiful and she consumed
my heart and my mind. I loved being a mom, but as someone who had a
professional career for more than a dozen years before entering this new environment
called parenting, I realised my career wasn’t something I wanted to give up
because I was a mom. I wanted to do both.
So, I did, and I went back to the corporate world, and
things were great. I achieved the work-life balance we hear so much about today.
I felt happy and content that I was accomplishing both professional and
personal achievements in my life. Sure, there were days when I felt like I left
my heart at home with my mum but there were also days where I felt like my
short hours at work had taken a toll on my productivity. But for the most part,
I was happy with finding a middle ground. Life was good.
In 2017 I fell pregnant with my second child and this time around my life was a struggle. How was I ever going to manage work and being a mum with 2 kids? It was at that point in my life that I decided Life with my kids was more important to me than any job. Time spent with my kids was the most valuable and precious time and nothing or no job could ever replace that.
After leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay at home mum I spent many hours with my daughter baking and having fun in the kitchen. She absolutely loved being involved in the kitchen from baking to cooking and prepping things for mealtimes. It was at this time I realised I couldn’t really find kid-friendly utensils and gadgets. Kitchen utensils for children were scarce and also not meant for tiny fingers. I began researching and looking for safe and kid-friendly products that could make working and prepping things in the kitchen for both mum and child fun and exciting.
After many months of researching and contacting suppliers from all over the world, I came to the realisation that the world out there was filled with endless supplies of kid-friendly products. I had to bring these wonderful and stimulating products to South Africa. This was a turning point in my life because I finally realised that this is what I wanted to do – Bringing fun and excitement into the kitchen and also learning at the same time. My daughter was thrilled and overjoyed with the idea and she said to me “mum we can name our business Magic Firefly.
And that is how Magic Firefly was born!
All Magic Firefly products are fun and easy to use and most of all they are safe for tiny little fingers.
Experience the traditional South African drink loved by many, for its unique taste. Ginger Beer, better known as ‘Gemmer’, is a staple drink for African traditional ceremonies. Mshengu’s Home Made Ginger Beer is the ultimate thirst quencher made by Nomaswazi Tshabalala. It is a traditional homemade ginger beer proudly inspired by her grandmother. Their gemmer has a pleasant pungent taste that will entice your taste buds.
Not only is it delicious, but the ginger that it is made of has a lot of healing benefits for your body. It is made with the finest, natural ingredients to provide you with a healthy drink to benefit your wellbeing.
“Our gemmer is the ultimate throat opener with an infusing, sweet and scintillating taste. Not only does it taste good, but it has health benefits derived from ginger. My grandmother’s secret ingredient makes it stand out from the rest, and it could possibly be the best Ginger Beer in town,” says Nomaswazi.
What her grandmother passed down to her, provides the sentimental
unique taste of traditional home-crafted ginger beer. Gemmer is a heritage
beverage that will continue to be passed down for generations to come.
Mshengu’s Ginger Beer is available in 500ml, 5L and 20L and can be delivered to your doorstep. So, drink up and enjoy the fresh, spicy and a bittersweet taste.
Queen of Chai is a female-owned start-up business that was launched at the end of August 2019.
Queen of Chai was born many years ago, playfully referred to as “Chaiwala”. It began amongst a group of college friends spending hours together always with a pot of freshly brewed masala tea, also known as CHAI, the Indian/ Hindi word.
Years later, in conversation and over a pot of brewed chai, shared amongst husband and wife (a team), the realisation arose that there is a gap in the market and that “Chaiwala” can actually become a business. Chaiwala then transformed into Queen of Chai. The name came to the owner, Hajirah Dawray Cassiem in a dream.
Queen of Chai is an authentic Indian/Oriental brand. All their
products have an oriental flair. They sell black loose-leaf teas made with
whole spices, organic Golden Milk latte mixtures (tumeric base) and a
lemongrass tea range.
They will be introducing Organic Rooibos Masala Chai and 100%
organic Chai Latte mixture in the new year.
Queen of Chai only uses whole pure spices that they grind down themselves. They support clean living and try to source the base of their products straight from the farm.
Sceletium is a Traditional African Medicine that
has been used for thousands of years. Traditionally it has been used as a tool
to elevate one’s mood and to enhance people’s enjoyment of life.
Nowadays Sceletium has shown huge promise in
assisting people that suffer from stress, anxiety or depression. It also acts
as a great mood enhancer and general cognitive enhancer for people who need to
study for long hours or work long days.
The way Sceletium does this is by assisting the brain in optimising the function of serotonin. Clinical trials have grabbed the attention of psychiatrists and doctors who see huge promise in the power of this amazing plant.
Clinical trials have shown very positive results
in Sceletium’s ability to improve mood and uplift emotional states.
Sceletium is known to relieve anxiety and tension through its alkaloids, which work to optimize the brain’s utilisation of serotonin.
Sceletium provides a great natural approach to relief from stress by acting as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI).
About CBD Oil
CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the flower of the Cannabis plant. CBD Oil doesn’t contain the psychoactive compound THC, yet it retains all the incredible therapeutic compounds that are being tested and proven by doctors and scientists to heal a broad range of conditions.
Sereen CBD Oil is organically grown in Europe and contains the Full Spectrum of more than 100 health-promoting phytocannabinoids. Give Sereen CBD Oil a try and feel the incredible effects of bringing your body back to a state of balance and wellbeing.
Chef La Tania is a Congolese
chef based in South Africa who specialises in African cuisine. Chef La Tania
has mastered the art of creating delicious and authentic food to warm the soul.
She specialises in Congolese food and brings an interesting
and unique menu that is sure to unite our African souls.
Being the first-born child in her family, her “vice-parenting” duties involved going to the food market for her mother. The smells, the produce and the process of choosing her ingredients and creating a delicious meal, was enough to ignite her lifelong passion for food.
She takes her time to select the freshest produce, cleanest ingredients to prepare the food in a pleasant environment. Taking extra care in preparing clients’ orders to their satisfaction. The food arrives fresh, tasty and hot, no matter where the drop-off is. The food can be delivered to your doorstep.
Mia Mélange designs and makes handcrafted interior décor and
lifestyle products such as baskets, planters, bowls, placemats, bags and more. All
their products are handcrafted in their Stellenbosch studio by local artisans.
Mia Mélange’s designs are inspired by a love for nature,
texture, natural materials and ancient crafting techniques. They combine all of
these to create modern and functional designs. Their products are made from
100% cotton rope.
The cotton is grown locally in South Africa by farmers who are members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The yarns are spun in South African mills. The rope is braided locally in Cape Town. Mia Mélange believes in empowering women and creating opportunities for people in their community.