Former corps member grows N6,000 agro-processing enterprise to N2.5 million

A 27-year-old Kaduna-based entrepreneur and ex-corps member, Henrietta Gimbiya-Barde, says she grew a N6,000 agro-processing

A 27-year-old Kaduna-based entrepreneur and ex-corps member, Henrietta Gimbiya-Barde, says she grew a N6,000 agro-processing enterprise to N2.5 million and 6 staff in three years.

Ms Gimbiya-Barde mentioned in Kaduna on Thursday that her firm, HIGIM Meals Processing Firm, processes and provides worth to agricultural merchandise for consumption.

She added that the corporate was a subsidiary of HIGIM Funding Nigeria Restricted, established in 2019 to course of agricultural merchandise into consumable powder.

Ms Gimbiya-Barde mentioned a number of the merchandise had been blended with different nourishing components to fulfill the nutritious wants of everybody, together with individuals who wish to achieve weight.

In response to her, the merchandise are additionally good for folks with diabetes, pregnant girls, breastfeeding moms, youngsters, the aged and other people with hypertension.

She recognized the merchandise embrace white beans flour for ‘akara’, ‘moinmoin’ and ‘gbegiri’; finger millet powder, also called tamba; tom brown, wheat and plantain flour. Others, in line with her, are fonio grains, also called acha, blended with date fruit, ginger and clove; chilli pepper spice, ginger powder, and blended millet with tamarind for pap (Kunun Tsamiya).

She defined that she started the processing enterprise with N6,000 in 2019 after finishing her nationwide service and grew it to a N2.5 million enterprise in three years.

“After the one-year NYSC in 2019, I started looking for a job with little success, and the entrepreneurship in me started taking up. Due to my aptitude for promoting, I started advertising a buddy’s product who processed finger millet, received clients and provided the merchandise for somewhat token,” defined Ms Gimbiya-Barde. “After some time, my pals stopped manufacturing, and I stored getting calls from my clients asking for the product. That was after I determined to enter the processing enterprise since I have already got a buyer base.”

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Ms Gimbiya-Barde added that she began with fonio grain blended with date fruits, ginger and cloves, a N3,000 packaging machine, a labelling sticker, packaging nylon and different primary supplies that price simply N6,000.

“I offered the primary batch of the product in two days and ploughed again the revenue into the enterprise and continued to increase by including extra merchandise,” the ex-corps member famous. “I promote 500 grams of tamba and tom brown for N850 every; 500 grams of millet blended with tamarind goes for N750, 500 grams of blended fonio N1,000 whereas the 1kg pure fonio goes for N1,600.”

She disclosed {that a} kilogramme of wheat flour price N1,500; one kilogramme of white beans flour price N1,500; one kilogramme of plantain flour N2,200; 500ml of chilli spices price N1,200; and 500ml of ginger powder price N1,000.

“The merchandise are licensed by the Nationwide Meals, Medicine Administration and Management, and we’re registered with the Company Affairs Fee and Federal Ministry of Commerce and Funding,” Ms Gimbiya-Barde added.

The younger entrepreneur mentioned that other than promoting on to people and supermarkets in Kaduna, she at present has distributors in Zaria, Abuja, Lagos, Nasarawa, Plateau and Delta. Ms Gimbiya-Barde, nevertheless, mentioned her lack of ability to entry wanted capital had slowed her instant aim of distributing the merchandise throughout the 36 states of the federation.