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- Business Type:Car Repair Shop
- Business Owner:Faisal Sa’ad
- Location:Wunti Market, Bauchi State
- Business Production Capacity:4-6 cars per day, 100-160 cars in a month.
- Number of People Employed:5
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 12
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:5
Story of the Business:
a Faisal is the firstborn of his family. He has 10 siblings. His father died two years ago and since then Faisal has taken on the responsibility of taking care of his mother and siblings. He is married and has a seven-month old boy. Three of his siblings are in SS3 (final year in high school), and seven in primary school. Faisal finances the education of all of his siblings, pays the rent for the house they live in, and he provides money for them to live off of through what he makes through his car repair business. He even opened a little business for his mother to sell household provisions and foodstuffs, so she can make some money for herself.
Faisal had always had a flair for car mechanic work. He told his father, and his father took him to a car mechanic to be trained as an apprentice. He started working as an apprentice when he was in Primary 4 (4th year in Elementary school). After school every day and on weekends he would go to the workshop to work and be trained. He did this for 11 years before he opened up his own workshop in 2012.
Faisal applied to become part of Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program where he learned how to own and operate a business and received additional training on how to repair automobiles. He bought the basic tools needed for his start up with N16,000 (about $99) with money he had saved from working over 11 years and from his first community investor (his mother) who gave him an additional N4,000 (about $25) she had saved up. Over the past two years Faisal has grown as a business owner and worked to build and expand his business. In 2014 Faisal joined Leadership Initiatives’ Expansion Program. He will now open up a mobile car mechanic site and over the course of the year will employ 15 people from ages 12 years- 26 years.
Faisal’s auto repair business offers repair services to most automobile problems, giving his community members a local, affordable and trusted repair shop. Because of these local, low cost services, community members who could not afford to have their vehicles towed 20 plus miles or pay their higher rates can now have functioning cars and trucks.
The impact on community members who can now take their family members to hospitals when needed, travel farther for work, food and home goods is incalculable.
Faisal and his employees are able to send their children to school, and care for several orphans.
Faisal has become a community leader, training multiple adults and youths in automotive repair so they one day can open up their own shops or work for shops across the state.