In 2019, ABI and Raizcorp partnered on a business-development programme with the aim of growing businesses in the aluminium sector. The first entrepreneur to graduate from this programme is Julia Maqagi from Hala Trading. Since joining the programme, Julia has shown a keen interest in learning as much as possible, and has demonstrated the attributes needed to be a successful entrepreneur, including passing Raizcorp’s rigorous selection process.
The programme has helped Julia to better understand her business and what is required to take her rolled aluminium foil to market. She has already begun engaging with potential customers in this regard.
Throughout the programme, Julia has been resilient and enthusiastic. Her Raizcorp business guides have found her constantly willing to learn more about how she can make her business successful.
"I attended the Raizcorp P3 programme and it challenged me in all my business thinking. For the first time, it drove me to think about my business in ways I never thought of. Every time before class we had to study. I realise now that it made me know my business and also to enjoy my business like never before. With the training, it improved my confidence as well. Anybody can phone me and I know my business from head to toe." - Julia Maqagi