MYEISHA – The One Who Is Loved The Most
Namibian Kym Kibble and German Sandra Baumeister have a deep friendship that is stitched in time, and now also in fabric and leather. Their company Myesiha, produces premium designer handbags in Namibia and is fuelled by a social entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to make a difference.
“I couldn’t find project here that felt 100% right, so I considered starting my own project. Kym said if I did, she’d be. I thought ‘Oh great, this is somebody from the country, who understands it and is someone I trust,’ remembers Sandra.
Starting with a few industrial sewing machines and desire to use them, their handbag business was born. Myeisha produces high-end leather bags for the national and export – they launched the brand in Stuttgart and Berlin.
“We create bags that are valued by the people who buy them because they are beautiful and unique. They are produced to a standard that can compete with international fashion brands.”
A second brand, iNami, caters to the local market and is more African in design.
To share the benefits of Myeisha with the broader community, Sandra and Kym set up a trust called “Especially Namibian” that supports a kindergarten in Katutura with food and other necessities.
“I think we have a responsibility to give back. Not because we want recognition, but because privilege comes with responsibility,” shares Sandra.
“It’s not just about feeding – it’s more about giving an opportunity,’ adds Kym. ‘Seeing this dream become a reality has been rewarding, but giving our 13 employees a reason for being here makes it meaningful.”
“If you wear a Myeisha of iNami bag, you should be proud because it’s a beautiful, valuable product and you are helping to create value for vulnerable people in the community,” shares Sandra, perfectly encapsulating the dreams of two old friends to make a difference.