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Meet Yanique Rhule of Ditty Island Delights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yanique Rhule.

Yanique, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
These are the pastries that provided food on my table for years in Jamaica! Life was rough and we were poor but my mom, Ditty never gave up. She would bake from sun up, to sun down to provide for my younger sisters and I. Our plan was to open a Caribbean pastry shop after I finished college! Unfortunately, she died from cancer in 2016 and I felt like all hope was gone but today, I found a way to keep her name and legacy alive through Ditty Island Delights. A proceed of annual profits will fund the launch of the Ditty Cancer Foundation.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a tremendously challenging journey. Some of the struggles I faced and I’m still facing now is balancing all aspects of my life and controlling my re-actions to customers, followers, colleagues, etc. When I get tuned in and focused on something nothing else matters. However, I have had great support that I strongly believe are the blessings passed down from my grandmother and mother because I personally haven’t done anything to be as blessed as I am.

Ditty Island Delights – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Ditty Island Delights caters and supplies authentic Caribbean pastries. Website: The Caribbean is known for many things and one BIG “helleva” thing is the delicious, mouthwatering food. Our signature pastries are Grater Cake, Peanut Cake, Coconut Ginger Drops & Gizzada.

Our goal is to share these Caribbean pastries with the rest of the world.

First Timers: we want you to experience new island delicacies that will take you on a vacation with each bite.

Caribbean Family: I assure you that every bite will bring you back home to your fun childhood memories of granny baking on wood fire in the backyard.

There’s a little bit of everything for everyone and what sets us apart is our story and the future we want to build with what we earn; Ditty Cancer Foundation, Breakfast/Lunch Program at hometown primary school, The Yanique Rhule Scholarship and many more.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment is when someone will ask, “why name the business Ditty Island Delights?” I always get to reply, “that was my mother’s name, yuh wah hear di story?” My second proudest moment would be when others say, ” you inspire me!” That’s my number one goal in this life. I can’t be buried with money but if I can cause a change in at least one person’s life, I will feel accomplished and proud of myself and my career.

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