Charles Baffoe Agyapong
77 installments • 84%
My name Charles and this is my story,
I grew up in a small village called Asaam in the Ahanti region, I had my early childhood education in this village, that's from elementary up to Junior High School.
Life has not been easy since my Mum happened to be a single parent, so we farmed and do all sorts of work in other to get food and some amount of money to cater for our small family of four(4) i.e. my mother, an elder sister, a brother and myself. I moved from the village to Mampong Ashanti, a town about 15 kilometers from my village to continue my higher education. During this time, I had to sell on the streets, earpiece,phone chargers and usb drives after school, and also wash cars and help a friend in his motorcycle shop before I could get money for the next day in school. By so doing and a little help from my Mum I was able to help myself to the Polytechnic. I wanted to study Computer Networks, so was offered the chance to study it in Koforidua Polytechnic now Koforidua Technical University.
After school, I had wanted to start my own business, I started doing mini importation of electronic gadgets business when I was in the Polytechnic, I was successful and loved the business but unfortunately it wasn't my money. I was doing it for a soldier friend who later withdrew all of his funds and I was left with nothing. From then I struggled to raise some funds for my own business, so this time I started buying phones and accessories from the local dealers and I take it to market places to sell. This has been my business after school and it has support me in so many ways. Now I want to expand it to a phone shop.
As an Ashanti, we believe in unity and we are the best in hospitality. We have a common King who rules over the entire Ashanti Kingdom. Our society train us to be successful entrepreneurs and investors. Ask any body in Ghana a peculiar thing about my people and they will tell you "Ashantis like business". Our land is good soil for all sort of businesses.
I love to ride a motorcycle, so I will say, I'm a motorcycle enthusiast, a die hard bikes fun. I have had enough ride in my life with few accident but not severe, haven't even sustain injury though. I ride, I fix it since I have been visiting motorcycles shops and have many bike mechanics friends. My favorite brands are Honda and Suzuki.
Right now I sell phones and its accessories, since it's of small quantity, I take it to market places during market days. I also do repairs of laptops and phones during the market days. I sometimes visit offices to repair their computers for them and check their networks.
As technology is growing fast everyday, people are more interested in these gadgets, smartphones and its mobility makes it simple for everyone to access their needed files everywhere. So gadgets like phones and laptop computers are always in high demand and in this economic hardship, people don't throw their spoiled phones and laptops away but instead they bring it for repairs.
I love doing business and I like selling this particular type of gadgets because I have more insight about them. I can explain it best to customers and assist customers during configurations and settings. I have passion for these gadgets so I spend a lot of time to research about them and find new trending mobile phone technologies.
I have invested about GHS.2000.00 (USD 460) into this business and my daily turnover varies from market to market but on average is 5 pieces of phones everyday, in worst case scenario I sell three pieces and I will do repairs too.
Now I am trying to save until I will be able to rent a store room which I can buy the phones and accessories in larger quantity and also have a space as a repair shop.
So in short I will say the profits I earn are for reinvestment. I will like to have a degree though, but I need to grow this business as it will surely be my lifetime business and will serve as a legacy for my next generation.
Now with the help of Zidisha I have been able to raise enough cash which I have used to venture in importation business, I have not forsaken my old job, I have just added it to my daily business activities. In fact I say a big thank you to Zidisha and its team. This opportunity is indeed incredible.
Right now as I am expanding my business there are more things to add to my inventory, I have a new recruit which I need to fund his inventory with phones accessories such as, earpiece, headphones, bluetooth devices, glass protector for phones screen, phone chargers, selfie sticks etc. Also I need to import laptop charges, phone batteries, laptop batteries, laptop screens, phone screens and more of parts for repairs. All these may amount to $500.
If I am granted this loan, I will be able to buy more products for my shop, I can buy all the necessary tools for phone repairs and I can also expand my shop to accommodate more than two apprentice. Also this will help my dream come through, as it has always been my dream to have my own team to be working with and this is what I am about to achieve with the help of my lenders. As i recruit more people to work with, I know their life is not going to be same, doing business with me has helped them assist their family in so many instances.
Feb 4, 2018
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