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Budding entrepreneur solves vax card case

Published:Saturday | December 4, 2021 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer
Budding entrepreneur Bahja Bent has created attractive holders for Jamaicans wanting to secure their COVID-19 vaccination cards as they carry them around.
Budding entrepreneur Bahja Bent has created attractive holders for Jamaicans wanting to secure their COVID-19 vaccination cards as they carry them around.
One of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
One of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
One of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
One of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
Some of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
Some of the COVID-19 vaccination cardholders designed by Bahja Bent.
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What started out as a friendly challenge from a concerned member of the public who believed Bahja Bent possessed some level of artistic and visionary skills to solve her problems has now spawned a fledgling business venture for the Negril, Westmoreland, resident.

Twenty-one-year-old Bent, a graduate of the Theodora Skills Training Centre, eagerly stepped up to the challenge to put the person’s mind at ease as she was concerned that her COVID-19 vaccination card could become damaged over time – whether by being torn, soiled with stains, or destroyed due to water spills.

With the Ministry of Health & Wellness advising against laminating the paper cards, the person was left in a quandary.

Bent soon came up with a crafty waterproof cardholder, which could also be accessorised it into something beautiful and accessible while protecting the valuable document.

“I just gathered some ideas and put something together,” Bent said of the gesture, noting that she did not expect to turn the idea into a business.

Her small ‘COVID kit’, which is accessorised with hand sanitiser holders with complementary bottles, key rings, colourful tassels with various artistic designs and charms, has “everything on it functional”, according to Bent.

The kit has been well received since the first creation in September this year.

“It’s something that persons are going to need,” she noted.

Recognising the huge potential market, which could include persons travelling abroad and those who have to carry around their cards frequently, Bent is planning to ramp up production of the kits to make them accessible to more persons before the vaccination cards are digitised.

As Christmas approaches, Bent, who also operates a press-on nail company called Balabe, says her wish is to be able to expand her business and product line.

Trained in cosmetology, Bent also has her eyes set on producing skincare products even as she works as assembling more unisex vaccination cardholders in order to attract male customers.

Both ventures, which are now her sole source of income, have the potential to be very profitable, she believes.

Persons wanting to make orders can call or WhatsApp 876-793-5533 or visit the Instagram page vaxcasee. Deliveries are done islandwide through Jamaica Post and Knutsford Express courier service.

asha.wilks@gleanerjm.com