Nexus Academy of Royal Oak
International Business Alliance Program
We are a unique team of students from Michigan partnered with wonderful promising small business in Nigeria through the help of LIChange. We are a group of 6 students ranging from freshman to senior year, who attend Nexus Academy of Royal Oak. We were accepted into the International Business Alliance Program and couldn’t be more pleased to announce so, through the process of 2 years we will be transforming the business strategies of Nigerian business owners.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Maslaha Beauty Salon
Maslaha Beauty Salon Statistics
- Business Type:Beauty Salon
- Business Owner:Maria Yakubu Alfa
- Location:Federal Low-Cost Bauchi, Bauchi State – Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:10 customers per day
- Number of People Employed:5
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 15
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:5
Story of the Business:
In 2004, Maria opened a salon business in Federal Low-Cost Bauchi, Bauchi State – Nigeria. Unfortunately, due to her little knowledge of business management, Maria found it difficult to successfully run the salon and make adequate profit. In hopes of turning her business around, she decided to apply as a community leader to join the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program. This program has not only taught Maria about business management, but has also helped her find local investors to fund her salon. She says that Leadership Initiatives has been extremely helpful, and that the skills and resources she has acquired from LI and the International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) Students will help her strengthen and expand her business. Moving forward, she plans to continue her education on salon services with a trainer contracted by LI so she can learn new techniques for facials, nail polish designs and hair treatments. She believes that his knowledge will help her advance her business and attract more clients. Growing up in Edo State, Nigeria, Maria started working on hair from an early age, practicing different techniques on her younger and older sisters. Aspiring to own her own salon someday, she officially started to learn the trade at the age of 16 and was one of the first apprentices/employees at her family friend’s beauty salon. Receiving an education was incredibly important to the Patrick Ojemolon family, and Maria was determined to work even harder to obtain a diploma in Estate Management at Federal Polytechnic Bauchi in 2007. This experience drastically changed Maria’s life and after she got married in 2010, Maria’s goal was to get a job and contribute to her own growing family so they would never be financially dependent on just one provider. With that said, Maria made it a priority to save money and learn more about different hair cutting styles and treatments so she could start her own salon.
Maria has become a leader and role model within her community. In addition to promoting women’s rights and education, she has inspired women to provide for their families and control the direction of their lives.
Maria has become a great role model for women within her community. Her booming business consists of five young women, and has enabled them to become the primary providers for their families. Maria seeks to employ single women who are keen on dedication, learning and providing excellent customer service.
The beauty salon employees have benefited from working for Maria. They use their income to take care of their relatives as well as to support their children’s education. In addition, Maria encourages them to attend school and obtain a postsecondary education.
All in all, Maria has become a sounding board and mentor to many women within her community who wish to provide for their families and open their own businesses. As of now, her diligence, resilience and passion have inspired four of her former employees to start their own salons, all of which are doing very well.