Abdulmalik recently got new tools from the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program, which has increased his effectiveness and the complexity of jobs he can take on.
Carpentry Community Biographies
Personal Story of Suleiman, an employee of Abdulmalik Carpentry:
Suleiman began training as a carpenter since he was 15 years old. His parents took him to a workshop to be trained, so he could make some money to take care of himself, finance his education and also help his family.
From the profits he made from his work, he put himself through school till he finished secondary school. He became so good at the carpentry work that he surpassed his boss and even the other boys he worked for in the quality and expertise with which he did his work.
After some years, his father gave him some money to start up his own workshop and he became one of the best in the city of Kaduna. His work was so good that he was sought for to come and work in Bauchi in Abdulmalik’s boss’ workshop so he could train others and also make extra profit for himself. This he agreed to while still running his own workshop in Kaduna, with well trained boys in charge of it in his absence. Though he shuttles between Bauchi and Kaduna quiet often.
Personal Story of Name: Yahuza Abdullahi, a child attending school:
Yahuza Abdullahi is Abdulmalik’s step elder brother. He is 25 years old. Yahuza’s education was taken care of by their Dad till he finished secondary school. But after he entered high institution and they lost their dad, Yahuza could not afford to pay for his fees any longer.
This was when Abdulmalik stepped in to help his brother. Abdulmalik has been paying his fees for about 3 years now. And Yahuza is now in his final year in the polytechnic.
After his Diploma, Yahuza plans to learn how to roof housess so he could make some money before getting a job.
Personal Story of Yakubu, Abdulmalik Carpentry Customer:
One of the customers that praises their work among others is a man called Yakubu. Yakubu lives in Lagos and heard about the quality of work they make and he decided to give them a trial. He paid for a set of bed and a set of chairs. After they were made, he was so impressed with the quality of the work that he said they looked like there were imported for one of the western countries.
After this, he placed an order for 3 sets of beds and it was made and delivered to him in Lagos without any delivery cost. This really impressed him.
Since then Yakubu has been one of their major customers, he has even referred about 3 other people to them.
Personal Story of Jinedo Abdullahi, Orphan supported by the Abdulmalik Carpentry:
Jinedo Abdullahi was very young when his father died. When he was 10 years old he began to attend primary school that was sponsored by Abdulmalik. He was also taken to learn how to repair motorcycle, so he could have some form of skill to help himself.
From time to time Abdulmalik helped with his basic needs and school fees until he was making enough from his motorcycle repairs to be able to fend for himself.
Now he is in the first year of his senior secondary school and he earns enough from his skill to pay his school fees and even help his mother with some money as the need arises.
Story of Ibrahim Audu, a supporter of Abdulmalik Carpentry:
Ibrahim Audu is one of the best furniture makers in Northern Nigeria. The fame of his work have reached as far as the southern part of this country. His works have had the reputation of being mistaken for imported furniture and goods, because of the quality of his work and the expertise of his finishing
Zubs, as he is fondly called and as his business is named has been in the furniture business for about 15 years now. One of the things that distinguishes Zubs is his ability to locate great talents and bring them all together to make great furniture.
This was how Abdulmalik met him. Today Abdulmalik has not only brought his expertise to Zubs furnishing company but he has also gleaned from the expertise of other great minds that he met there.
International Business Alliance Partner Schools
Abdulhadi’s tailoring shop has been partnered with:
- Calvary Christian School
Development Goals For Abdulmalik Carpentry
1. One of his major challenges is meeting up to the customer’s deadline. That is getting the work ready in time.
2. He needs better designs that will help him stand out among others
3. A lack of proper financial management culture is another huge challenge for him.