We grow when we come together! At WomHub, we love to witness the power of collaboration and partnership in our founder community, as our COO Anjani Harjeven discussed in our latest livestream with Thandeka Jali, founder of Lactease. Thandeka has been a participant in our WomHub Economic Growth Accelerator programme for the past year, and her company produces a breastfeeding tonic that helps to promote milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
We listened as Thandeka told the amazing story of how a problem she faced turned into a business that helps and supports women who face the same, not-uncommon dilemma. She shared how thinking critically about her business and being able to take constructive criticism has helped her business, as well as how helpful it is to have a tribe of women to support her on her entrepreneurial journey.
As a new mother, Thandeka experienced the woes of breastfeeding for the first time because she had trouble producing milk. She said, “I honestly thought that breastfeeding is natural . . . I didn’t think it would be such a challenge”. When she explored this further, Thandeka was surprised to discover that about 30% of women globally have this problem, which may be surprising to other women as well.
Out of Thandeka’s struggle came her business Lactease, the name being a play on the words lactate and ease. Along with producing the tonic, Lactease also provides advice to assist women on breastfeeding. This is often an afterthought due to the idea that breastfeeding is easy since it’s a natural thing that women have always done. Watch the replay of this livestream below to learn about Thandeka’s journey:
Thandeka explains how WomHub and the Economic Growth Accelerator programme have helped take her business to the next level and encourages other women wanting to pursue entrepreneurship to apply and become part of the WomHub family, because progress happens at its own pace but being proactive can help to move the process along. She adds that challenges will arise but pushing on is key and encourages fellow founders to “Always remember that the problem remains the problem until there's a solution.”
Congrats to Thandeka for the progress she’s making in her business and for how significantly she’s helping other mothers. At WomHub, we believe that when women come together, that’s when the magic happens. Join us for our next livestream from 19h00 - 19h30 (GMT + 2) on Tuesday 5 July 2022, when we’ll be talking about Community Impact. It will be broadcast simultaneously to our WomHub Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, and YouTube channel. Please feel free to participate!