Mohammed Sameer Hussein is from Sudan. He is the Founder and General Manager of AL-Shehab Factory, a company that manufactures electric tricycles chassis and assemblies batteries and electric motors.
Petrol-driven means of transport are one of the leading causes of air pollution, bringing about serious problems In Africa, causing approximately 712.000 deaths per year, besides being very expensive. As a mechanical engineer concerned with these issues, Mohammed Sameer decided to do his part to improve the situation by setting up his own business.
Having no experience in the entrepreneurship field, he decided to enroll in the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at the University of Medical Sciences & Technology of Khartoum to acquire the right skills and knowledge to run a business.
“Being an entrepreneur means being a dreamer. A lot of people dream, but very few can turn their dreams into reality. This is what I learned from the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship: how to turn my dreams into reality.” he stated.
So let’s learn a bit more about this dream.
1. How was your Business Idea born?
The idea came to my mind in 2016. My uncle had a petrol-driven tricycle, and he struggled to maintain it, as he couldn’t afford the engine. So, I started looking for possible solutions and decided to approach electric tricycles.
2. How can your business improve the life of the beneficiaries of your activities?
We help reduce tricycle maintenance cost up to 50% and the operation cost by 80%. Our products are noiseless and assure no emission of CO2, enhancing people’s health by comfortable ride and no pollution.
3. What has been the main challenge you had to overcome in your entrepreneurial experience?
When I first started my business, the main challenge was the high cost of machines and equipment. I managed to solve it by reducing the number of machines needed, buying some pre-made components. Moreover, I was involved in the project of three of my colleagues at the MBA. Consequently, I obtained a 100,000$ dollar financing.
4. In your opinion, what are the main qualities an entrepreneur should have?
An entrepreneur should be an innovator and a dreamer. He must believe in his dreams.
5. Is there a person you are inspired by, i.e., an entrepreneur or a particular mentor?
The most important person in achieving my dreams has always been my father. He would always encourage me and my work, even when he was not convinced about it.
6. What would you suggest to a newborn entrepreneur?
Believe in yourself and your ideas, and never stop studying.
7. Could you tell us a particular satisfactory moment you had in your entrepreneurial activity?
My greatest satisfaction is seeing my customers benefit from my products or my business.
8. Could you tell us how the MBA has helped you and your business?
I needed help to build my business and E4Impact Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship, which is very practical, gave me the necessary skills. I’ve learned how to manage costs and how to make the best decisions for my company. This made me able to start my business.
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