A shoemaker with a Difference

A shoemaker with a Difference

In just a space of about a year, Kehinde Sule Ibrahim has been able to build a sustainable leather business for himself. The sky is just the starting point for this young man who is not just a shoemaker, but also a bag maker and a belt designer.

Let’s hear from him!

Hi Kehinde Sule Ibrahim, what’s your brand name?

Kissignify

Tell us about Kissignify.

We are an indigenous brand into shoemaking, bag making and belt designing.

How did you get started?

I started my brand last year just by making shoe samples and showing them to people. The more interested they were, the more my business grew.

What challenges do you currently face in your business?

The major challenges I have are access to funds, customer acquisition and getting raw materials.

What country do you manufacture your goods, and why?

Nigeria, number one; Because I am a proud Nigerian and because my target market is mostly here.

   

Which stakeholder do you think has the most influence in your industry? How do you think they can help?

The Government! They can help by making sure the exchange rate goes down, so that the prices of the raw materials we use for production will be reduced. They can also help us access bank loans easily.

What is the one thing you think we need to stop importing in Nigeria?

Leather

 

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started?

Focus on starting small

What is your advice for new entrants/entrepreneurs in your industry?

Start small and learn the dynamics of the market/industry you are going into!

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