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Auwal Motorcycle Workshop
Auwal Motorcycle Workshop Statistics
- Business Type:Motorcycle Repair
- Business Owner:Auwal Inuwa
- Location:Birshi Village, Bauchi State Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:6-9 jobs a day
- Number of People Employed:3
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 14
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:4
Story of the Business:
Though Auwal has not reached his full goals, he has been able to support several employees. He has also been able to send money to his family in Maiduguri, as well as acting as a role model to other young men to help keep them off the street. The son of a fisherman and a tailor, Auwal’s parents always had high expectations for him. Auwal lived in Maiduguri, Borno state before the Boko Haram crisis began. Because of the terrorism crisis, his parents slowly lost their financial standing due to less tourism and trade with their state, and could not afford to finance Auwals’ education beyond the primary level. Eventually, he and 8 of his siblings left Maiduguri for Bauchi to seek a better life and job opportunities.
Auwal was taken in by a relative in Bauchi where he was allowed to train as a motorcycle repair apprentice. After working there for years and saving money between himself and his family members to open up his own shop he was ready to strike out on his own.
In 2013 Auwal became part of the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program where he learned business management skills, motorcycle repair training and with LI’s help found additional local funding to get his repair shop off the ground.
His business has quickly taken off attracting business as a repair shop and one day soon Auwal hopes to also sell motorcycles as well. As the 5th born of 17 in his family Auwal has taken it upon himself to provide for his brothers and sisters, he currently assists all 7 of his siblings living with or near him in Bauchi State and sends money and other gifts to his parents and siblings still living in Maidiguri.
Because of the support Auwal’s siblings in Bauchi have become carpenters, painters, tailors and brick-layers making both of his parents proud and grateful of Auwal success and devotion to helping his family grow.
Auwal’s Motorcycle Repair business offers local, affordable and quick turnaround times for motorcycle owners within his community. Because of these local and low-cost services, community members who before could not afford towing costs or higher rates can now afford repairs. This is especially important to the taxi service within Bauchi, which runs primarily on motorcycles. Drivers’ income and livelihood depend on having a functioning vehicle.
By having most repairs done in hours or a day at maximum, these community members have a more reliable source of income and are better providers to their families. The result is that community members can now count on their vehicles to take their family members to hospitals when needed and to travel further for work, food and home goods.
Auwal has become a leader within his community, employing young men who need work and also training several youths in motorcycle repair so they one day can gain work in the repair services field.