Where the seed was planted
As a six-year-old, Keira (the hands behind it all) dreamed of starting her own business. "I wondered how one came to own a business, looking up at all the signs of businesses." After 7 years, she finally had the tools to make her first pair of earrings. Keira took the risk of starting her dream business when her finances were tight and her jewellery high demand. She was inspired by the name of the lush cottage on her farm and noticed the engraved sign "Yallambe," which means "a place to rest".
Learning the ropes
As Yallambe grew so did my knowledge of how to run a business. I learnt by taking inspiration from those arround me. I grew to be able to look at any piece of jewellery and be able to make it without any pattern or tutorial.
In high school things took a turn, I would have panic attacks and feel like I was dying when I was in a safe space. We managed to persuade the education system to allow me to be half in school and half at home. By year 10, I was completely home schooled with the most lovely and caring tutor. For year 11, I enrolled in a college to get myself out of the system and into being a content creator photographer. This will help me travel to Asia, to attain my life goal of helping those involved in the slave trade - a job that would travel with me.
I taught myself how to code an entire website from scratch. As the economy drove prices up, sales fell.
"I didn't really mind," Keira says, "it gave me some time to slow down."
With my health and schooling all over the place, this was a good opportunity to stop and take a breath. There was more time to create more pieces to build Yallambe up, growing it into the loving comunity and stronger business that it is today.