The Mompreneur: Charisse Almonte-Yap (mom to Bianca Marie, 2 years and 10 months, and Sophia Noelle, who is due in August)
Her Business: The Diaper Store
Why She Loves Being a Mom: I love the fact that I get to mold and shape an individual, and that I get unconditional love from my child.
The Idea: I have always been interested in things for and about babies. Having an online store is ideal for me for three reasons: Start-up capital is virtually zero because I only spend cash on my inventory (great for first timers like me), I don’t have to maintain a pwesto that requires rent and staffing, and my stocks are non-perishables so they’re easier to manage. I chose the name The Diaper Store because it’s easy to remember and instantly relates my brand with the products I’m selling.
What Makes it Unique: The Diaper Store is accessible to the working mother since we are based in Makati where most offices are located. My clients usually pick-up their orders after office hours thus avoiding long lines in the supermarket to buy diapers, saving them time and effort. Also, the Midori Organic Baby Products I carry are very unique and competitive in terms of price and quality.
Quality Control: I am a mom first and an entrepreneur second. With this mantra, I always make sure that what I’m selling would pass the standards I set for my own family. All the items I sell are “baby-tested and mommy-approved.” I am drawn to natural and organic products that are safe for babies and the environment.
Click here to read on about Diaper Store's bestsellers, Cha's thoughts on being a full-time mom, balancing work with family time and on giving back.
Read on about Diaper Store's bestsellers, Cha's thoughts on being a full-time mom, balancing work with family time and on giving back.
Imported Diapers – Moms love the fact that they save up to 50% on diapers without having to sacrifice quality.
Sweet Tots Organic Bottle Cleansers (P60 for 250ml) – This is a very good alternative to your usual bottle cleanser. Its antibacterial agent is natural and organic Sweet Orange Oil, so it’s very safe to use. It also does not leave a soapy smell to your baby’s bottles after you wash them.
Organic Calendula Skin Care Line (soap P65 for 90g, lotion P100 for 50ml, booboo cream P125 for 35g) – This line is very unique and effective. Calendula, commonly known as Marigold, has natural antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is gentle enough to use every day on your babies. It can heal minor skin injuries and irritations, and if used continually, may even treat skin conditions like eczema and other skin problems.
On Being a Full Time Mom: I am a proud full-time mother. When I was still working as a chef at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila (for almost 5 years), I enjoyed the rush of busy hotel life but at the back of my mind I would yearn to spend more time with my daughter and to take care of my husband more. I left my job last December 26, 2009. I did my last Christmas service and was finally able to spend the rest of the holidays with my family, a rare treat for a hotel worker.
On Balancing Work with Family Time: Since I only maintain a website and a display counter at home, and occasionally join bazaars, my time is very flexible. I get to spend hours with my daughter and attend to my husband when he gets home from work.
On Giving Back: I am a volunteer at heart, so every time I get the chance, I always try to give back. During bazaars, we sell recycled and reusable katcha bags for P20 and the proceeds go straight to my favorite NGO, UNICEF. We get the katcha from my mom’s bakery, and then I, my mom, and our househelp make these by hand.
Where to Buy: Log on to babybeestore.multiply.com or contact Cha at 0920-9199071, 0917-8819483.