Granite Bay High School
International Business Alliance Program
Our vision is to promote positive change in the world by supporting business ventures of those in need. We are able to help sponsor the education of the founder’s kids and create much needed jobs in Africa by helping their businesses succeed. Our team meets on a weekly basis to work with international businesses partners towards solving problems that the business in Africa faces. We guide the business to success by providing funds, solutions, and other assistance. While impacting the world in a positive way, the group supports one another in their journey through life.
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Umar’s Plaster of Paris
Umar’s Plaster of Paris Statistics
- Business Type:Plaster of Paris Shop
- Business Owner:Umar Moh’d Lawan
- Location:Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:1-3 jobs a year
- Number of People Employed:5
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 8
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:2
Story of the Business:
For three years Umar trained as an apprentice so he could one day open up his own shop, and he traveled throughout Bauchi, Kaduna and Plateau states strengthening his skills. In 2011 Umar joined the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program, where he received the additional training he would need to open and operate a business of his own. After finding local investors, Umar purchased the tools and materials necessary to open up his shop.
His business has grown considerably over the past three years, and now employees 5 people. Umar also used his profits to enroll himself in higher education and earned a degree in Mass Communication in 2012. Today he has his diploma and still runs his business trying to make an even greater life for himself and his community members. Umar is an orphan and the last of 10 siblings. After his mother and father passed away his elder sister took him in. She cared for him and paid for his schooling until he had completed his secondary school.
Upon graduation in 2008 Umar wanted to create his own business. Being an Orphan and knowing how many homes and buildings in his community were in great need of repair, he pushed for the creation of Plaster of Paris business.
Plaster of Paris is regarded as any type of plaster containing calcined gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate), sand and water. When these ingredients are combined, they result in the formation of a tough, dry product; however, Plaster of Paris can be sanded to achieve a variety of looks. Because of this, it can be used to mend cracks, fix dents, repair leaky ceilings, cracks in walls, and even to create artworks.
Umar can also use the his Plaster of Paris construction methods to retrofit older homes to have plumbing and electrical work. Because of this, Umar leads his community in modernizing homes and fixing problems that would otherwise make them unlivable, which has allowed families to afford to update homes and increase their quality of life.