Darling Kenya

In 2011, Godrej Consumer Products entered into a partnership with Darling Group Holdings, a leading pan-African hair care company, and acquired a 51% stake in the business. Darling, which has operations in 14 countries across Africa, is a market leader in hair extension products; a category which it has pioneered in the continent.

The Darling business was founded in 1979 by Saadallah Khalil and his uncle, Ali Hoballah. They started by trading in basic synthetic fibres used for braiding in Senegal in West Africa. Over the years, they expanded the brand and business to other countries in West Africa like Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. Very early, they established a partnership with Kaneka Corporation of Japan to introduce high quality fibres that could be used to manufacture a full array of hair extension products. Each of these countries saw a business being built from scratch, covering manufacturing, distribution and marketing. By the early 2000s, Darling became the market leader in hair extension products in Africa, with a comprehensive presence across West, East and South Africa. The Darling brand today stands for beauty and is an enabler for every African woman to transform the way she looks.

Darling is the market leader and dominates the landscape in East Africa, where it has been consistently ranked a ‘Superbrand’. One of our biggest strengths is our distribution network. It is arguably the best in the region, both by width and depth of coverage. We also manufacture locally and our products are used by millions of consumers.

Innovation is a key driver of our growth strategy. Darling Kenya one of the fastest innovation rates, compared to any other hair extensions company in Africa. As a result of this, our portfolio has the widest range of styles in the region.

The Darling brand has tremendous affinity with salons and is the preferred brand for stylists across Africa. Darling Kenya leverages this and has built relationships with more than 8,000 salons in the country over the last 5 years.

Establishing a strong foothold in Africa is a key part of the Godrej Consumer Products strategy, both in terms of business size today, as well as potential for the future. We are convinced about the tremendous potential that Africa offers; it has one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world with a young population. We also hope to use this as a distribution and marketing platform for taking other home and personal care products from the Godrej portfolio to the African consumer.

We are very proud of our over 12,000 team members and our focus is to make Darling a truly inspiring place to work. We promise Godrejites a culture of ownership and innovation; take serious bets on them and differentiate basis performance. We also understand that our team members play multi-faceted roles and so, we strongly encourage them to explore their whole selves. We believe that these efforts will help our company deliver even stronger results in the future.

Our team members participated in the 2016 First Lady's Beyond Zero 10k marathon, in an effort to improve maternity healthcare in Kenya

On the occasion of Godrej Global Volunteering Day, our team spent time at Mama Fatuma Goodwill Children's Home, which rehabilitates orphaned children

Our Learning & Development team hosts the 'Leading Self' workshop series in East Africa