March 12, 2021


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

Dania Haymour was born in Ontario but raised in Brazil. Dania lived in Brazil for 24 years until she married her husband, who was from Edmonton.

When did you start your business? Was there something/someone who inspired you?

I started my business in 2018 and continued until the end of 2019, when I decided to take a break after my husband and I got the news we were expecting our first child.

Now just over a year later, I am back with new ideas, new ingredients and new recipes for all you sweet tooths.

I always enjoyed making sweets and coming up with new ideas but what really inspired me was how much I missed the Brazilian sweets I grew up with. And that sparked Brigadeiro YEG.

Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?

I have not reached my goals, because once you achieve one goal the next goal is ready to go.

What are the ups and downs when dealing with the Arab community?

We have such a huge community and word spreads like wildfire but most of all the love and support from everyone puts a smile on my face.

The amount of time it takes to prepare an order added with the cost of the ingredients I use is what sets my prices.  Sometimes everybody forgets that but it's all communities.

What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

I would not change anything.  Only successes and lessons.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?

Covid has been really tough for everyone especially the small businesses. For me it's been tough because of the time it takes to get ingredients and products delivered has doubled or tripled.  But hamdillah, we're just thankful for what we can do in these times and wish nothing but the best for everyone.

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