Everyone Has A Passion For Something Just Waiting To Be Discovered- Hauwa Sarwa Aliyu
Hauwa Sarwa Aliyu is the Founder of MixYoAffair. It is a company that specialises in processed yoghurts in Abuja, Nigeria.
TMG> Please tell us about your background>
Hauwa> I’m a graduate of B.A English Language from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto
TMG> How did you go into processed yoghurt making?
Hauwa> I have a passion for business, especially using my hands in making the products I sell. Starting a yoghurt business was a decision I planned for months; I love yoghurt a lot and I thought of bringing what I love to market and make money from it.
TMG> Did you go to culinary or business school & what credentials did you earn through the training?
Hauwa> Yes, I went to Nisa Distributions and Suppliers LTD and I have a certificate.
TMG> How did you actually start the business?
Hauwa> I started my business little by little by making yoghurt for family and friends in small quantities and now the business is growing, Alhamdulillah
TMG> How many employees report to you?
Hauwa> For now I don’t have any employee but looking forward to.
TMG> Apart from yoghurt processing business, what is your favorite cuisine you know how to prepare best and why?
Hauwa> Party jollof rice- that’s a meal I have been longing to learn to make because of the hype by almost all Nigerians. When I tried it as my assignment, I was proud of myself that it came out well
TMG> How do you market your product and what response do you get from consumers?
Hauwa> I market my product through social media platforms and I get good responses from my customers which makes me happy.
TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?
Hauwa> I browse and use social media platforms a lot
TMG> What do you do to ensure the best quality of your products goes out to customers?
Hauwa> 1. I make sure I taste my product before selling it out.
2. I ensure the packaging is good quality and attractive
3. I provide good service for my customers
TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?
Hauwa> I’m proud of the person I am today, Alhamdulillah
TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths as a business person?
1. Encouragement from my loved ones
2. Getting good feedback from my customers
3. Customers giving their suggestions
TMG> What other things do you do as a business person?
1. I’m a professional beads maker
2. I sell perfumes and wrist watches
3. I make party jollof and fried rice for mini events
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?
Hauwa> My challenge now is how to grow my business
TMG> What other back-of-the positions have you previously held before going into food processing?
Hauwa> I was a professional bead maker
TMG> Who are your role models and what inspires you about them?
Hauwa> My Mother – she’s a woman with focus, a woman who supports her family in any good steps they take
TMG> What way can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs but to be self dependent?
Hauwa> I have this belief that everyone has a talent, it may take a little time to discover it. And I believe everyone has passion for something, why not put your passion or talent into something and believe you will be happy. Not everyone is destined to have a white collar job
TMG> Do you have time to socialise?
Hauwa> Yes I do, I have time for everything and my business is the kind that needs you to mingle with people