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Competitors Don’t Deter Me – Nanchin

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BACKGROUND

My name is Nanchin Sixtus Baamkwap from Quan pan local government area of Plateau State and Doemak by ethnic origin. I was born into the family of Rose Da’ang and DK Da’ang on 6th January, 1982 in Shendam. I am an only child. I started my educational career at Science Primary School Doemak and Government Girls College Bokkos. I later proceeded to Federal College of Education Pankshin to study Social Science Education and then University of Jos where I studied Rehabilitation Sciences.

THE BUSINESS

I have been into the business of selling drinks since 2008 at retail and wholesale level. Pepsi Bottling company Kaduna is my supplier. Going into this line of business was a decision I made and at the time, in Quan Pan we were just two in the business but now the story has changed as everyone is interested in starting same business. I had N30,000 and I paid the sum of twenty-five thousand naira for a shop and invested N5,000 into the business. A friend, Muri Links, who is into communication business in Shendam was also my supplier. At a point, I began the sale of accessories, recharge card and gradually I had money to buy a refrigerator, generator. I have two shops where I run the business.

WHO TAUGHT YOU?

I grew up with my grandmother who was into similar business and I learnt from her. I sold drinks at an early age and it made me clever.

SECRET TO SUCCESS

I don’t know how I have been able to come this far in business and life but in all, I appreciate God. I would say I am blessed because my competitors are people who I see as financially privileged when compared to how I started and where I am presently but I don’t let that deter me.

DRIVING FORCE

I rely on God whose hands is evident in the business.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Honestly, I have achieved a lot. I built a house from the proceeds of the business and fenced it, I have a private car and a pickup vehicle. It is through same business that I dug a borehole in my house and for everything I am grateful to God. Recently I got married and left the house to live with my husband at his place.

CHALLENGES

Since more people are into this line of business, customers are using this to their advantage to weaken some of us by asking for goods on credit and they go as far as threatening to patronise elsewhere when their request is denied.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM COMPETITORS?

I have encountered customers who are sometimes disgruntled and all I do is listen to them, and try to sort out the issues even though some tend to speak harshly.

DREAD

I am not a person who gives room for fear because I always believe God is on my side no matter the hurdles of life. I have faced so many challenges that could contain at least five books if I decide to publish. One of these challenges include the death of my biological mother after three days of giving birth to me. I grew up with my aunties, struggled to survive and I turned out to be who I am because God willed it.

REGRET(S)

I will be ungrateful to God if I have regrets. I have understood that every day can’t be rosy in business and that’s the reason I save for rainy days.

FUTURE PROJECTION

I intend to merge this venture with another in a few years from now. Leaving this business for another is impossible because it is my foundation.

MOST MEMORABLE DAY

Every day is a remarkable day. There are times I reflect on how I am even more blessed financially than most people who have both parents alive. Though my parents are dead, I do not count myself an orphan because God is always on my side.

HOBBIES

I love to sing and dance.

MENTORS

God has been my counsellor and support system. My grandmother Mrs Raota Nachindong Da’ang.

HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE BUSINESS WITH FAMILY LIFE?

I am newly married and I left the business for my cousins to handle for a while. Though I will still be in charge of ordering from suppliers.

ADVICE

Some ladies don’t like to suffer and would prefer things are given to them freely. I always tell this category of people to fend for themselves by learning a skill because only in that can they earn respect in the society. The society has also been unfair to ladies who are single and financially independent, they see them as prostitutes. Forgetting that they can be as successful or even more successful than their male counterparts if they put in genuine hard work. I am glad some men think differently and are not threatened by successful women.


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