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  • Lei Camiling-Alfonso of Caleb’s Closet

    Get to know the breastfeeding, baby-wearing, cloth-diapering and earth-loving doctor mom behind the fabulous eco-store Caleb’s Closet!
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
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    Mompreneurs make Caleb’s Closet special
    When asked what she thought makes her business unique, Mommy Lei said:

    I think the store is not really unique; however, I do believe that one of the things that makes the store stand out is our desire to advocate for good things like intentional parenting and providing families and individuals with ecologically-sound solutions. Also, it's our desire to impart to moms not just products, but also better options and sound information.

    I value the relationships that I have with the moms I deal with. I think this is very important. I have been in their shoes, so I think no question is too trivial. I am always ready to answer whatever queries they may have - even if they may not be related to our products!

    I have used (and loved) most of the stuff I offer even before the store came to be. I am always on the lookout for new things too, and try them before putting them on sale. I carry local enterprise products because I have a soft spot for locally-made and fairly-traded options. Specifically, I love products with a mission. I try to offer only goods that pass my standard.

    On balancing business and family life
    Since Lei works on Caleb’s Closet from home, she, like many other mompreneurs, need to know how to balance all the tasks they have. Lei shares what she does to maintain her work-home balance:

    First, let me put out this disclaimer: I have friends who are work-at-home also, and we all agree it's tougher to do the balancing act this way than an 8-to-5 job.  I am not pretending to be an expert on this, as I am still learning.

    However, I can say that the best part of being a work-at-home mompreneur is that I have a very supportive husband who encourages me and helps me sort things. He suggested that I set up my "office" - which is actually just a nook in our house - and it has helped a lot.

    I don't have a yaya for my baby, so I made sure my workspace is strategic enough for me to monitor my rambunctious toddler. I also leave the phones when I need to - this really works.

    Lastly, focus is important. I always evaluate my priorities now and then. Sometimes we work hard to meet other people's expectations, but at the end of the day, family and principles are what really matter.

    A lot of moms ask me if I have a physical store. Not yet - at least for now. I do everything for Caleb’s Closet in our humble apartment. But we are hoping to have a showroom in the future.


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