Global Young Innovators Initiative
Edison Abdullahi’s Shoemaker Shop
It is our mission to obtain a more complete understanding of how businesses operate around the world, as well as how people overcome adversity. To achieve this goal we will be consulting with Danliti, a Nigerian businessman. Danliti is a cobbler who supplies military and police personnel with boots for working in the line of duty.
Through this partnership with Danliti we hope to create fresh innovative solutions for the current problems being faced by Danliti and his employees. While we are helping Danliti with his business we will be immersed in the knowledge of the cobbling profession making this partnership mutually beneficial. The main obstacles to overcome is advertising, and expansion into the civilian market.
In conclusion through the Global Young Innovators Initiative we are hoping to increase the quality of life of Danliti and his community through seamless collaboration and inventive solutions to persistent problems. My team is grateful for this opportunity to improve the world we live in as well as further our understanding of the people within it.
See how each day at the summit we are gaining new skills to assist our business partner and transform lives.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Abdullahi’s Shoemaker Shop
Abdullahi’s Shoemaker Shop Statistics
- Business Type:Shoemaker
- Business Owner:Danliti Abdullahi
- Location: Wunti market, Bauchi State, Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:About 500 shoes are made in a month, with some repairs of shoes.
- Number of People Employed:2
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 12
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:10
- To grow a business that will create the footwear needed for our skilled laborers.
- Sell affordable shoes that prevent parasitic infections such as hookworm in our community, especially in women and children.
- Create jobs for the community and empower the owner and its employees with the ability to provide an education for their children.
Story of the Business:
Some of the shoemaking shop’s main customers are the local police force, security firms and local military troops, because of the quality and style of the shoes. Some months he receives local orders to make 500 -1000 shoes in addition to his usual orders because of his dedication to creating high quality footwear.
Danliti’s shoes have earned a reputation over his competition in neighboring states, and at times even receives orders from other nations. He has won contracts from multiple groups, allowing locally owned and operated institutions to invest money within the community. This has allowed Danliti to grow his business and hire additional employees, which has brought his business even more community support. Danliti has become an icon within his community for community re-investment and giving. Danliti has worked hard to grow his business over the past two years pushing to gain local contracts that are often given to businesses outside of his community and at times Nigeria. This has allowed thousands of dollars to stay within his community and be re-invested locally.
Danliti’s goal has been to show how local business owners can give care and services that other larger companies often can’t; for example, offering boot repairs to his police and military boot customers.
Danliti’s shoemaking business has continued to expand, allowing him to hire more young individuals who have a desire to create change within their communities. Danliti has also spearheaded an Orphan care project, pushing his employees and other business owners to work to save orphans who otherwise would not have a social safety net to protect them.
Danliti shows and continues to show why locally owned businesses are important, why the local community should support them and how they can change the lives of so many within the community.
Danliti has also beat foreign competition by offering repair policies for his footwear that larger outside companies don’t, allowing him to compete at an unprecedented level.
This has kept thousands of dollars within his community and reinvested allowing local dollars and funding to continue to transform lives.
How We Are Transforming Abdullahi’s Shoemaker Shop
And Changing The World
We are going to transform this business in three ways. First we are gonna solve the advertising problem by using posters to at least have some form of advertising. Next we will fix the financing issue by making a basic spreadsheet so that Danliti can keep track of his profit. Lastly Danliti wants to prevent hookworm from affecting children so as a promotion after every 10 pairs of boots he sells he will give footwear to an orphan.