About Us

A warm welcome to Coconathi, my name is Ramona, I am the founder and CEO of Coconathi and this is our story.

My son was born at just 32 weeks; he was lactose intolerance at birth and had various other health challenges. As a new mom, this was all very overwhelming but I was determined to find a way to improve my son’s quality of life.

At first I was convinced that a balance between his dietary requirements and medical interventions, was the best way forward.

However, when my son started attending daycare at 2 years old, things began to spiral and he would often require medical attention and at times, hospitalization. As a first time mom, this was scary and frustrating, as we all want the best for our children.

Getting to the route of the problem

This was when I decided to focus on his diet and did more research on lactose intolerance.

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Many months of trial and error went by and I discovered something as simple as removing dairy from his diet because he was in fact lactose intolerant. This resulted in the biggest impact and his overall health had improved.

The research revealed a large population with lactose intolerance

While searching for the answer, I learnt that more than 70% of the world’s population was in the same boat as my son and that lactose intolerance is a real problem. In addition to causing bloating, lactose intolerance symptoms include stomach cramps and exacerbated sinus infections, it also reduces the absorption of nutrients and minerals in the body. the meaning of lactose intolerance

I was on a mission to find a milk-alternative that was affordable and delicious. A milk that my lactose intolerant son would actually enjoy. As we all know how two year olds can be when it comes to food. Relieving his lactose intolerance symptoms was key. Through my research I learnt about the benefits of coconut milk, a plant-based milk, that did not contain common nut allergens, it was cost-effective and that’s when Coconathi was born.

Combining my passion for helping my son and others in South Africa suffering from lactose intolerance, my team and I sourced and created a tasty, healthy coconut milk that is easy on the pocket, especially compared to other milk-alternatives out there and is a delicious addition to any hot beverage, cereal, smoothies, curries and the list goes on.

Boasting heaps of health benefits, our coconut milk is perfect for the whole family, lactose intolerant or not and it is a product I truly trust and enjoy.

For more information please feel free to contact me on ramona.harms@coconathi.com, I would love to hear from you!


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