When Carol Ngige became a mother she visited a friend and saw a breastfeeding pillow. The product was not available in Kenya and most mothers imported it or used ordinary pillows for breastfeeding. Carol was inspired by the idea to produce breastfeeding pillows for the Kenyan market.
She borrowed a sewing machine from her mother, hired a tailor and started manufacturing at her home. This is how her company Beauty Bee started in 2006. Carol continued operating the business from her house for the next three years and slowly expanded it from there, employing people and moving into an, office with a workshop area.
The company has since expanded its product portfolio and Beauty Bee products are stocked by leading supermarkets in Kenya, as well as baby shops and hospitals. It wasn’t an easy drive, but one that required much patience and Carol had to “knock doors tirelessly” to get her products stocked by supermarkets.
Seven years later Beauty Bee manufactures breastfeeding pillows, nursing covers, maternity briefs, changing mats and travel neck pillows for babies. Carol also runs Baby Banda Fair, an annual event that allows her to bring market stakeholders, such as health professionals and related companies, together onto one platform. She also offers services training and advising parents in Kenya.