Initially, cousins Nevlette Steele and Amanda Walcott wanted to start a business selling products for natural hair and while they still hope to get there one day, they have since established Queen Qarah, a skincare business through which they market their own soaps and a few other products purchased from small businesses.
Located on the Corentyne in Berbice, Queen Qarah, which was founded less than a year ago, is a perfect example of the times in which we live. Walcott, who lives abroad and is a full-time student at the University of Connecticut pursuing studies in Biological Sciences, makes the two types of soap the business has on offer. Steele is employed at the Supreme Court and is a student at the University of Guyana.
Steele shared that she had wanted to get the business underway two years prior to it being established on December 29, 2020 but all did not go as planned. Together she and Walcott agreed on the name and she noted that ‘Qarah’, which is found in the Old Testament of the Bible, means ‘grant me success’.