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Why I started busi­ness at 11, by 14-yr-old Kami­lah

- By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day Business · Entrepreneurship · Agriculture · Industries · Cosmetics · Beauty · Fashion & Beauty · Nigeria · U.S. Food and Drug Administration · Hodges University · Adamawa State · Abuja · Shea butter · Cosmetic Ingredients

When did you start your agri­cul­ture busi­ness? I started Kami­lah Farms Nige­ria Lim­ited in 2017 and we pro­duce Zobo pow­der with six dif­fer­ent flavours (Zobo with Beet­root, Zobo with Cloves and Gin­ger, Zobo with Gin­ger, Zobo with Cin­na­mon, Zobo with Turmeric, Zobo with Cin­na­mon, Cloves and Gin­ger and Zobo with­out spice, spices (Dad­dawa; Lo­cust Bean, Gar­lic, Gin­ger and Pep­per; Yaji) all th­ese prod­ucts are in pow­dered form for easy use and Shea but­ter (with co­conut oil and or­di­nary Shea but­ter).

As a younger child three years ago, how did you raise the fund?

I started the busi­ness with a cap­i­tal of between N15,000 and N20,000. I learnt the busi­ness from ex­per­i­ments that were car­ried out at home.

It was dif­fi­cult but we made it. When I started I thought about what would go into the mar­ket and sell very well and also easy to use. Zobo is a com­mon house­hold drink in al­most ev­ery home so when I started the first thing that came to my head was Zobo which is an agri­cul­tural prod­uct, so I de­cided to give it a try by do­ing some­thing no one has ever done to make my prod­uct come out unique and dif­fer­ent.

How many peo­ple have you en­gaged in your busi­ness?

So far, the farm has em­ployed nine per­sons on full time ba­sis and part-time staff. It is ex­pand­ing and would be em­ploy­ing more once we get the Na­tional Agency for Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and

Kami­lah Ahmed, 14 is the founder of Kami­lah Farms Nige­ria Lim­ited. She re­cently won half a mil­lion naira grant from the Small and Medium En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment Agency (SMEDAN) to sup­port her busi­ness. In this en­counter with YOUTHVILLE, the SS1 stu­dent of Nige­rian Tulip In­ter­na­tional Col­lege, from Adamawa State, ex­plained how she started her busi­ness and the prospects.

Con­trol (NAFDAC) num­bers for the spices and shea but­ter prod­ucts. We will need to em­ploy as many as say 100 peo­ple across the coun­try for mar­ket­ing and dis­trib­u­tor­ship.

The busi­ness re­cently won a grant from SMEDAN, how do you feel about this?

My busi­ness par­tic­i­pated in an event or­ga­nized by SMEDAN that was very ed­u­ca­tional and in­ter­est­ing. And dur­ing that sem­i­nar my prod­uct emerged the best and that was how I got the grant of N500,000. I think what made us win is the fact that our prod­uct was unique and the prod­uct pack­ag­ing was out­stand­ing.

I am happy that I got the grant be­cause I will use it to ex­pand my busi­ness. I feel over­joyed know­ing that this grant can help me do a lot of things in terms of the busi­ness ex­pan­sion.

What other ben­e­fits has this brought to you?

I was also made a mentee by the Abuja Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (ACCI) dur­ing the prod­uct launch in March 2020. The Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber, Prince Adetokunbo Kay­ode, and other man­age­ment staff of the Cham­ber ap­proved that the Cham­bers should nom­i­nate me as a Mentee un­der the BEST (Busi­ness En­trepreneur­ship

Skills and Tech­nol­ogy) Cen­tre and promised to give me all the sup­port I will need with other young chil­dren that want to be en­trepreneur­s. That also boosted my con­fi­dence.

Be­ing a child and a strong en­tre­pre­neur­ial ad­vo­cate, what is your ad­vice to other chil­dren and youths?

I urge kids to think be­yond the class­room, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days. We should think of good ways of putting our tal­ents to use but we can­not make it with­out the sup­port of our par­ents. I am get­ting all the sup­port that I need and I will en­cour­age par­ents to do the same for their chil­dren.

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