Hello, my name is Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba - people affectionately know me as "Mama Africa" - As an Culinary Entrepreneur I produce intensely spicy, yet disarmingly tasty pili pili sauce. As a refugee, former clothing designer, and restaurateur, I create the best authentic African hot sauce around (if I do say so myself).
2020 saw the success of the business of Mama Africa reach new heights; however, with a new national distribution audience, my production has been strained to breaking point. Additionally, a stroke greatly increased the challenge of production; yet I am determined to keep my business alive and share this special family recipe.
Your donations will help me / Mama Africa purchase new equipment that will increase productivity and allow me to scale production to meet demand, as well as improve all of the operations surrounding the business. Please help Mama Africa Pili Pili Sauce weather the storms following Covid - specifically the issues of transit and inflation, and keep this unique product alive!
I studied interior design and fashion design in Belgium before coming to Utah. There, as the only African female in my school, I developed confidence to share my culture first through design and fashion, and later through food. I was one of the first designers to explore African culture in Belgium, and I carried that spirit of pride and creativity with me when I moved to the States.
There is no fear in creativity. Life is great! When you have that happiness inside you, you want to express it - with clothing, fashion, food. That is what drives me. One dash of my pili pili sauce, and you'll taste exactly what I mean.
Pili-Pili eza kitoko !(Pili-Pili is very good ).