The Humble Beginnings Of Maama Lususu In Uganda

It is wrong to use a hand lotion on the body because cosmetics have different functions. There are cosmetics for the face, Organic Hand cream for the hands and lotion for the body and feet. A flawless skin is always trendy but very often women forget to look at the labels on the tins.

In downtown Kampala you can ask any woman about locally mixed creams and facials and they will direct you to a shop located in Galilaya Commercial Plaza on William Street that is owned by Irene Nalubwama or more popularly known as Maama Lususu.

Maama Lususu came from humble beginnings. In 2002, a friend introduced Nalubwama to a Lebanese man who was importing creams and lotions from Lebanon. Business was bad for the Lebanese and he needed someone to sell the lotions door-to-door. Women tend to be interested in skin lightening creams but the Lebanese creams were all natural and did not contain hydroquinone. It was difficult to make a sale.

Eventually Nalubwama became curious about the product and asked the Lebanese to explain the ingredients. The imported creams were not ideal because they were meant for people with fair skin. The creams were too weak for people with dark skins who did not know how to wash properly. To make them better, the Lebanese added a mixture of ingredients that included eggs, honey and ghee.

Armed with knowledge, Nalubwama saved enough to buy cosmetics from the Lebanese as his agent in 2008. With a friend, she rented a shop in the New Taxi Park where she mixed her creams while the friend operated a salon. The friend convinced her customers to buy creams and lotions from Nalubwama.

Nalubwama followed what the Lebanese taught her and used fruits for ingredients. Before she recommends a treatment, she checks on the skin to make sure it is a cosmetic problem. Nalubwama worked harder than most people and with her profits she invested in real estate business.

People continued to talk to Nalubwama about their skin problems and though the Raypercia Cosmetics Company is fully registered, it does not produce in bulk. There is a name to protect and she still advises women not to lighten their complexion further.