McKinney High School
International Business Alliance Program
Our team’s goal over the next two years is to learn and grow in our leadership skills and improve the life and business of our business partner. What is the business partner? Why do you want to help them? What is the business doing? Why does it need help?
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
KT Textile & Dwelries
KT Textile & Dwelries Statistics
- Business Type:Mobile Textile Shop
- Business Owner:Elizabeth John
- Location:Gwallameji, Bauchi State Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:About 250 fabrics are sold and 400 juries monthly.
- Number of People Employed:3
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 9
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:4
Story of the Business:
She started saving her school pocket money and raised N30,000 ($182USD) as the initial capital. Elizabeth joined Leadership Initiatives in the fall of 2014, learning business management and advertising skills.
Over the course of 3 months she was able to gain additional community investors because of her original business ideas, and profits more then tripled from 2013 to 2014! Not only does she bring the textiles to the customer, she creates many different designs and unique looks for her customers. The clothing stands out and reflects the customer instead of just blending in!
Now her business has about N80,000 ($485USD) as capital base from 2013 to 2014. Elizabeth John is 26 years old, and the third of four children in her family. Both parents work, and Elizabeth was able to attend school. She is currently earning a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hospitality and Tourism at Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi.
This business has contributed to the community by allowing people to express their creativity with materials and designs while still maintaining some of the more traditional cultural styles.
Elizabeth also stands out among her community as a leader by hiring young women and encouraging them to become leaders.
Her success has shown women how they can take charge of their lives and support their community. She also showcases young women and men who attend school and have been taken in by her and her employees.
This has resulted in additional attention and support, and has encouraged other business owners to participate in the Orphan Care program so that one day these children can provide for themselves and their families.