GEM showcases success stories at W/Bank exhibition: Small businesses that have benefited from a World Bank support grant were given the opportunity to showcase what they have done to the general public.
A World Bank Mission, comprising 10 executive directors, came to Nigeria to conduct series of visits and events around the country.
During the visit, the World Bank hosted an exhibition, to showcase projects in the country funded by them.
Exhibitors included different government initiatives backed by the World Bank and the Growth and Employment Project (GEM).
The MSMEs under the GEM platform at the exhibition comprised Arndale Food and Confectionaries, Abuja; JZO Fashion, Kaduna; ITESL Fab Lab, Abuja; and Wholetrust Investment Limited, Kaduna.
Arndale Foods and Confectionaries showcased its product, Kozee Kuli Kuli (groundnut chips) – which it currently distributes to major supermarkets across Nigeria and still hopes to expand into more markets.
Arndale benefited from GEM Training Programme, conducted by the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University.
JZO Fashion, a menswear fashion brand showcased to the delegates how support from GEM had enabled it expand production lines – with menswear and women’s wear. JZO hopes to help encourage Nigerians to patronize made-in-Nigeria products and export their products in the near future.
ITESL Fab Lab showcased a 3D printer, demonstrating the technology and highlighting other possibilities such as production of the printer’s raw material from local starch and the fact that their lab was building an indigenous 3D printer.
Wholetrust Investment Limited showcased Farm Delight, its packaged smoked fish which it farmed itself and process.
The CEO of Wholetrust Investment, Abdullahi Muazu, explained briefly their production processes stressing that hygiene is at the core and that the product has a shelf life of two years.
The World Bank Executive directors and officials in groups of four, interviewed the grantees and encouraged them to do more.