The best part about @dashi_eats is it is a partnership.
Black entrepreneurs have struggled with forming great business relationships, and we are excited that these three ladies have bonded over food and business
Why I started my business: Since I was young I saw women around me running their businesses. My mum would buy items during our summer trips and ship them back to Nigeria to sell. My next door neighbour was a caterer and I would go there and help out, watching and learning. I started off making beads in junior secondary school and selling at my school talent day and my mum noticed this and sent me to a skill academy when I was about 14. I learnt how to bake there and then I decided to open a smoothie stand in front of my house after school. This idea came from watching Disney channel movies where the children would make a lemonade stand so I took my lesson table and chair and I started. Majority of my customers were my family but they knew I was strict with the money and with service. People bought and I expanded to cookies and cupcakes to my school mates. I didn’t need the money it was my passion taking form. My mum made sure everyone of us learned a skill. I did this for 2 years I believe before I came to Canada.
When I got here, I stopped baking and cooking. Cooking became monotonous. Then I made some friends and when the tried my food they encouraged me to start and so I started something little first by catering for my friends and then I found my niche and started supplying to them. It was slow sometimes I was discouraged but I always put my all into the food I sent out. And I guess it paid off. I did that in 2018 and 19
In 2020 I formed a partnership to provide Nigerian favourite food and snacks to people in different way from what others were doing. We wanted to start off like an established takeout restaurant and we launched officially in June.
To sum this in a few words. I started my entrepreneurial journey because of my passion - Doyin