Belfast Telegraph

Jamaican skincare guru looks to the future

Dr Ava Eagle Brown
Dr Ava Eagle Brown

By Lisa Smyth

A businesswoman from Jamaica now living in Northern Ireland has described overcoming poverty and the trauma of rape to set up her own beauty business.

Dr Ava Eagle Brown was born into poverty, making money for her family by selling mangoes on the train.

After being raped at gunpoint as an adult, she relocated to London before moving to Northern Ireland. She has now set up Chakai, which makes organic body butters and hair products for African and Caribbean hair.

And she praised Ulster Bank - and Northern Ireland people in general - for supporting her business.

"I've had so much support from the likes of Ulster Bank and in Northern Ireland you can pick up the phone and people will speak to you. There is a wonderful human quality here that you don't get in places like London," she said.

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