With government taking a focus on SMEs to drive the growth and creating employment in the local economy, media personality and entrepreneur, Robyn Nakaambo says the recent opening of her Superlative Hair Boutique speaks to that narrative.
The boutique, situated in the central business district of Windhoek is a culmination of years of hard work and planning according to Nakaambo. She recalls having started in 2015 with selling hair as an idea, then moved on to actually selling Brazilian bundles from her car boot.
“I believe this path was chosen for me and not one I chose myself. I have grown and changed; I am definitely not the same16-year old Robyn who saw herself as at this age! Still, I regret nothing as my personality is fit for making my passion and dream a reality. They say when you are doing something you love you never work a day in your life and indeed, I see my entrepreneurial journey not as a job but as the greatest blessing which allows me to assist women in achieving the enhanced beauty they desire.
“Since 2015 I’ve increased the variety of goods I offer from natural and colored Brazilian bundles, closures, frontals and wigs to mink fur lashes, lash glue, synthetic wigs and a vast variety of hair pieces to cater to every occasion in a women’s life.”
With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its review of the Namibian economy promoting SMEs as the vehicle to create 80 percent of regional employment, establish a new middle class and fuel demand for more goods and services, Nakaambo says her entrepreneurial journey was driven by the need to meet the needs of the modern-day women.
“I love looking good. When you look good, you feel good, so why not be a catalyst in another woman achieving or enhancing her beauty through my products? Every woman deserves to feel beautiful and my products are designed to do just that.”
Like most entrepreneurs, she says her journey has not been easy and her family support system has played a big role towards her achieving her business goals.
“In life nothing is smooth sailing, but my mindset is one which sets failures as lessons. My character doesn’t allow me to be defined by failure and I was brought up to always get back up and push harder until I achieve my goals. Nothing in life worth having comes easy and I’m blessed to have an impeccable support system such as my parents, which are my prayer warriors and advisors; my boyfriend, who is my biggest source of support; and close friends who always have my back and always push me to be my best.”
To others looking at venturing into business, she says, “I want them to know that their dreams are valid and that nothing is impossible without hard work, perseverance, passion, faith and consistence. Surround yourself with people that push you to be the best version of you.”