This factory was born out of her deep interest in practical applications. With a supplementary start-up grant, she fabricates fuel efficient stoves and grills. Here, the finished products, made partly with clay and partly with steel –vary in size, are of different designs, and are beautiful. After leading the tour of her factory’s operations, the Executive Director of Roshen Global Services, Happy Amos sits with me to talk some more.
“After I realized that I wanted to own a business that would provide income and protect the environment, I set out to acquire practical skills,” she tells me. Determined; she learned online, and later travelled to Ghana for further experiential learning at both small and large factories that produce fuel efficient stoves. “The experience was good. I got a peek into what could be attainable,” she adds.
Ready or not
According to Happy, Roshen Global Services was not quite ready for production even after her training. There was a need to train her technical team. For Happy, making and testing prototypes of different designs was a challenge for Roshen Global Services, especially with regards to raw materials. “For instance, the mineral composition of the clay and the consistency of the mold is key,” she says. So, after experimenting over a period of time with various clay types sourced from different locations in Nigeria, Happy and her team finally gets it right. In March of 2014, the production of Happy Energy Saving Stoves and Grills began.
Currently, the factory has the capacity to produce about 500 stoves per month. “It’s only the beginning,” Happy admits.
More than just a stove or grill
Happy tells me that the finished products from her factory performs excellently. Such that, demand is also driven by word-of-mouth. “Our products smoke less, use less fuel and burn fuel efficiently. A user enjoys these benefits and tells others.”
“It is also about the fact that we are available for after-sales services,” Happy explains, “Should a user encounter problems with our product, it will not be kept in a corner. He or she knows exactly where to find us to fix it.” “Even, people select our products for the raw materials,” she added. “As, clay is not entirely unknown to them.”
“And oh! There is this ‘thing’ about made-in-Nigeria piece of equipment not being as good as those manufactured outside Nigeria. But, our products are certified and of high-quality,” she argues. Add to that, “They are affordable.”
Since, I already decided to let this vibrant lady have the last word, I ask about future plans for Roshen Global Services. Hence I was all ears as Happy, without a moment’s hesitation clearly elaborates on additional means by which her company could make more difference. “You see, People would eat food and they need to cook the food,” she affirms.
*photo credit: Gladys Durojaiye
For additional information: Happyamos@ymail.com, 08097311102 and 08069169129
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