- Business Type: Welding
- Business Owner: Hamza Ya’au
- Location: Wunti market, Bauchi State
- Business Production Capacity: Around twelve (12) projects in a month, including (but not limited to) production of kiosks, doors, windows and gates
- Number of People Employed: 6
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 22
- Employees’ Children who are attending school: 16
- To provide the Yelwa community with affordable welding options for more secure and comfortable homes and other buildings.
- To help create an infrastructure and obtain any general equipment that a businesses will need to succeed in Yelwa.
- To secure employment opportunities for the youth of the Yelwa community.
- To one day be able to create a better Yelwa by building homes, government buildings and business centers with advanced welding techniques.
Personal story of business owner:Hamza Ya’u, the son of a local farmer, was born in 1985 at Kofar Fada, but then later settled at Yelwa Markaranta of Bauchi. His father could not afford to send him or his thirteen siblings to school. Therefore, he spent most of his time helping his father on the farm during the rainy season. NEWco Welders was established in July of 2008 after Hamza become part of Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program. During the business course, Hamza learned how to own and operate a business. Once he received funding for his business idea, Leadership Initiatives provided skills training for Hamza and his employees. During their skills training sessions, Hamza and his team completed community welding projects to showcase what his business could do, creating demand before it even opened. By August of 2008, Hamza’s welding business was in high demand within the Yelwa Markaranta community. LI’s intervention greatly transformed his life, as well as that of his family. Due to his training in welding, he now earns about N300 – N400 daily, giving him the ability to financially support himself and his family. This is especially important when a family member is ill or has a special need. He has even been able to help send four of his siblings to school. In addition, Hamza continues to further his own education by enrolling in adult classes that he did not have access to prior to his affiliation with Leadership Initiatives.