Beads are worn as adornment by females for different occasions and different purposes in society. Bead making has become a valuable skill that is of economic and social benefit to the individual. If you love beads and want to venture into bead-making, then this article is for you.
Idara Usanga is from Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom State. She is an educationist and also an entrepreneur. She is into bead making. She makes different materials and items using beads.
She ventured into the bead making business in 2010. She says she made that choice because she needed to have a handcrafted skill for herself.
Bead making is a business that one can start with as low as ₦5,000 and one can make double that amount in just a contract. Hence the economic potentials are promising.
Idara started bead making with ₦1,500 then because beads were very cheap then.
Her high point in the business is training up to 500 people in bead-making and earning good money from the business.
Her low point is how to get in touch with people who need to learn handwork to train them with the skills she has.
Idara admits she once thought of giving up on the business. According to her, “Yes, I once thought of giving up because I didn’t know how to get customers, not until a thought of reaching out to school children came into my mind”.
She has registered the business and is waiting for approval. She works alone but when she has some training to do and a large volume of orders from clients, she engages the people who she has trained to work with her.
Idara is still searching for a good business mentor. She seeks engagements with policymakers and investors to scale her business and establish a skills acquisition centre.
To people who want to venture into bead-making, Idara advises, “All I can advise anyone who want to venture into bead making is that the person should get trained and then start it at home till he or she has enough money to get a shop”.
Idara believes entrepreneurs can drive productive engagements in society by imparting their skills and knowledge to people, thereby making them productive and positively influencing the economy of the state and country.
Let this story give you the much-needed push to venture into bead making today.