‘A handout saved my life’

Sometimes people cross our paths, giving us a helping hand that saves our lives.

This is what happened to Riana Camm (27), the founder of hair products company BosKop KIND at Rehoboth.

Camm has been looking for a job opportunity since 2014.

In the past she has briefly worked at a small café at Rehoboth before it closed down.

“The high unemployment rate in our country has led my brother to giving me a financial injection, which prompted us to explore business opportunities that could not only sustain our own basic needs, but also contribute to the economic well-being of others,” she says.

Camm urges others finding themselves in a silmuar situation to never give up and to be willing be accept help from others.

“Look at me. I am not there yet, but I am better off than I was. If you find yourself unemployed and struggling to secure a job, I want to encourage you not to give up.

“Keep searching, but also consider starting something, even if it’s a small venture. It could help meet your basic needs and give you something to be proud of.

“Taking risks is essential for making things happen,” she says.

Camm set up her business two years ago, selling products catering to a wide range of hair types, she says.

The name BosKop KIND is Afrikaans for bushy’ or ‘big-haired child’, reflecting the brand’s inclusive approach, she says.

The products are sold in various areas such as Windhoek, Rehoboth, Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Karibib.

All products are 100% natural and Namibian, Camm says.

“We noticed that many brands only offer curl activators or hair masks separately, so we introduced the ‘2-in-1 Curl Activator/Hair Mask’ to provide a versatile solution.

“If it doesn’t work for one purpose, it could still serve the other. Additionally, our ‘Hair Booster Oil’ is designed to promote hair growth and strengthen weak hair, slow hair ageing, and fight hair loss,” she says.

Camm says the beauty and hair care industry is experiencing significant growth and she wants to be part of this thriving sector.

“Looking good and feeling good is something everyone desires, so venturing into this industry seemed like a promising opportunity.

“So far we have received excellent reviews and feedback. These products are versatile and suitable for not only women, but also men and children,” she says.

Born at Swakopmund and raised at Rehoboth, Camm says she is passionate about hair and aims to come up with ways to improve everyone’s hair.

“I believe that your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. When your hair looks strong and healthy, it can boost your confidence.

“I think what sets us apart from other businesses is our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and happiness. We go the extra mile to ensure our customers are content with our products and service.

“We listen to the customers,” she says.

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