Opal & Pearl Ltd was set up by myself Khadija Kalifa in Jan 2015 following the traumatic birth of my first child and being unable to return to work due to post natal depression and financial worries. I spent £20 on cleaning products from Wilkos and purchased a Hetty hoover on a pay monthly catalogue to initially set up. I then began taking my 6 month old along to local homes to clean for cash, with the vision of one day owning a national company with teams all over the county and a reputable company for my children to inherit.
Opal is my birthstone and Pearl is my daughter Sorayah's (the one born unwell.) Both stones can be white in colour with connotations of being clean and fresh... Method behind the madness haha! Sorayah was born in London in 2014 and received excellent treatment at UCLH Euston, and so we have included London in the branding to pay tribute to the amazing nurses and specialists.
Three years on and our cleaning services side of the company is thriving employing 20 Plus colleagues, becoming award winning and encouraging flexible working for working parents. I have in this time, also given birth to my second daughter Taaliah who is 18 months, we will get a company named after her birthstone next... Haha!
Sorayah is now fit and healthy, 3 going on 13...And we have just began launching our very own cleaning product range!!
Our range is completely Eco friendly, paraben free, vegan and they smell delicious as well as actually cleaning amazingly... Totally biased, but its true!
Our products are manufactured by another local, family run company and all bottles and labels are also manufactured locally.
Having put everything into the business for the last 3 years and recently winning a local award for 2017 Businessperson of the year, It has been a struggle to financially invest everything into this business, whilst raising two small children.
I am asking for you all to support me, my drive and ambition and in return I will gift you some of our wonderful products.
Thank you and Love you all!!!! xxxxxxxxx