Sometimes you're lucky enough to cross paths with someone that in certain ways thinks the same as you and shares in the same interests as you. Or rather have the same "needs" as you. Especially the need to create and enjoy the pretty in our world. Five minutes into our first coffee-meetup me and Mia from MammaMia Boerseep chatted as if we are old friends. Mia is warm, friendly and one of the most likeable people I have ever met. She thinks creatively and shares her ideas and excitement about her new venture with an open heart.
I fell in love with MammaMia Boerseep on Facebook after reading Mia's story in the bio. Her boerseep is made using her great-grandmother's (Ouma Sophie) recipe, but Mia puts her own modern and stylish twist on these reliable laundry soap bars by wrapping each bar herself. It is as if Mia gives you a part of her heritage and letting you share in a treasured family secret when using her soap.
Two weeks ago Mia invited us to their home for a mini-photoshoot and some delicious coffee with koeksisters. And what fun we had!!! See below our interview with Mia.
Tell us a bit about “Mia”! Who you are and where you are from.
Where did you get your idea to sell Boerseep and how did you recognize the gap in the market?
Through working with Marcelle van Niekerk (a dear friend and exceptional graphic designer) I am proud to wrap each bar personally with the most beautiful packaging! Except for the fact that I couldn't do washing without it, it also makes for the most perfect and pretty gift for a baby shower or kitchen tea.
When and where did you make your first sale and thought “I can do this!”?
I suppose there wasn't one particular moment that I thought "I can do this!". I have been quite the little entrepreneur all my life, selling home made cookies and fudge to my family over December holidays, making birthday cards and tags to sell at my mom's exercise class, and the list goes on! I would love to, someday, spend my days being creative. To own my own gift/coffee shop would be a dream come true!
What did you learn so far from MammaMia with regards to business and becoming an entrepreneur?
To celebrate her new venture and all the love MammaMia Boerseep has been receiving thus far Mia is giving away a stunning glass vase containing 4 boerseep bars to the value of R200. It is great to keep in you kitchen, bathroom or washing room OR to use some of the bars as gifts for your girlfriends. Just do the following in order to win:
Each of these will secure one entry:
- Like A burst of life on Facebook
- Like MammaMia on Facebook
- Tag 3 friends in the post on our Facebook page
- Like A burst of life on Instagram
- Like MammaMia on Instagram
- Subscriber to A burst of life newsletter
The winner will be announced on the 12th of August 2016.