Mohammed Sameer Hussein is from Sudan and 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 main causes of air pollution, which is 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 make his part in trying to improve the situation setting up his own business.
Having no experience in the entrepreneurship field, he decided to enrol in the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at the University of Medical Sciences & Technology of Khartoum , in order 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 are able to 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 on 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 to electric tricycles.
2.How can your business improve the life of the beneficiaries of your activities?
We help reduce tricycle’s maintenance cost up to 50% and the operation cost by 80%. Our products are noiseless and assure no emission of CO2, enhancing people 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 involved in the project three of my colleagues at the MBA, so I got financed of 100,000$.
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 the achieving of 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 new-born entrepreneur?
Believe in yourself and in 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 costumers 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 to do it. I’ve learned how to manage costs and how to take the best decisions for my company. This really made me able to start my business.
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