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Our congratulations and warm wishes to current Members Dipanwita Ghosh and Daniel Heymann, who tied the knot on 8 November and celebrated at the College the following day.

Daniel was already a resident Member at Goodenough for about six months before Dipa also moved here in March 2018. While they initially met playing foosball together in the Gbar, it was when Daniel invited Dipa to a Passover dinner organised by the Jewish Society that they began their romance, and within two weeks, they were dating. Together for a year, they got engaged in August 2019, having officially moved in together a few months earlier. The couple had a civil wedding followed by a lovely rustic reception with around 70 close family and friends.

 

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Member baby makes her entrance at Goodenough.

Helawi and Brittney Mengistu welcomed their beautiful second daughter Hannah who gave them (and all of us) an unexpected surprise, arriving earlier than expected in their College room.

Hannah’s arrival has seen this truly authentic Goodenough baby showered with warm wishes and many acts of kindness, especially from her older sister, Naomi. The Mengistus, international students at the College for the past two years, are all too familiar with the challenges of raising a child away from extended family. Since Hannah’s arrival, they say they’ve been very grateful for the immeasurable amount of support from families at the College and the wider Goodenough community. They’re looking forward to raising their daughters in our multicultural community where their development can flourish through interaction with the College’s diverse Members. 

Kristi and children The Goods September 2019    

Founder, Chocolala OÜ – an award-winning luxury hand-made chocolate company

Five years ago, Kristi Lehtis (LH 2000- 2003), lived in Dubai working as a lawyer. After having her first child, Kristi and her partner decided to move back to Estonia where eventually it seemed easier to combine work and family life as an entrepreneur.

 

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Her long-held dream was to have her own chocolate factory, and it was at this stage that she started to make her dream a reality. This wasn’t without its challenges. She started the company using the family home, a one-bedroom apartment to make the chocolate and with the help of one employee. It took a huge amount of time and effort to build up a client base, and they didn’t get their first sale until six months into the business venture. Not making a profit in the first few years of the start-up meant the family were forced to survive on savings and help from relatives.

Today she has a shop in Tallinn, where her chocolates are made from scratch using the best cocoa beans available. She has created a special brand for her chocolates by using natural ingredients and other components sourced from Estonian forests such as berries, spruce sprouts, birch sap, and sea buckthorn.

The company Chocolala has multiple national clients, including Estonian retailers and businesses, and clients from other countries in Europe and the rest of the World. Five years on, in 2019, she reported a turnover of almost one million Euros and they have been nominated among the ten best chocolate shops in the world.

Kristi says, “I feel lucky because I can do the work I love with the people who are dear to me. We can see every day that our chocolate makes people happy. It brings us much joy and makes all the past sacrifices irrelevant.” Find out more about Kristi and her achievements on the Chocolala website.