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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Sierra Leone: Cars for Condoms (Businessman of The Week / Homme d'affaires de La Semaine / Empresário da Semana)

MELVIN KAMARA | SIERRA LEONE

Sierra Leone's Foday Melvin Kamara trained as an automobile engineer but, instead of manufacturing vehicles, he specialises in turning old car parts into agro-processing equipment and condom machines.

He started his business in 1997 with an investment of less than $100 (£63) which he had saved while he was in Germany as a student. He used part of that money to rent a house and the rest to buy steel products which were transformed into shovels and door hinges.

"Then we sold that and we ploughed a profit into the business," he said. That initial profit was used to acquire scrap materials.

"Indeed, we are able to convert waste to wealth," Mr Kamara pointed out.

The firm is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, and manufactures rice milling machines, palm nut crackers, palm oil processing plants, fruit juice making equipment and, as a sideline, condom dispensers.

"We're producing machines that can dispense one packet at a time after the insertion of a 200 leones coin ($0.05, £0.03)". Now, according to him, his company, Fomel Industry and National Industrialisation Centre (Finic), is now worth around $1m.

Mr Kamara's project will also be adopted by the United Nations Population Fund.






Francais:
Sierra Leone, Foday Melvin Kamara une formation d'ingénieur automobile, mais, au lieu de fabrication des véhicules, il se spécialise dans la transformation vieilles pièces de voiture dans l'agro-équipement pour le traitement et distributeurs de préservatifs.

Il a commencé son activité en 1997 avec un investissement de moins de 100 $ (63 £) dont il avait sauvé alors qu'il était en Allemagne en tant qu'étudiant. Il a utilisé une partie de cet argent pour louer une maison et le reste pour acheter des produits en acier qui ont été transformées en des pelles et des charnières de portes.

"Ensuite, nous avons vendu et nous a labouré un profit dans l'entreprise», at-il dit. Ce bénéfice initial a été utilisé pour acquérir des matériaux de récupération.

"En effet, nous sommes en mesure de convertir les déchets à la richesse», M. Kamara a souligné.

La société est basée à Freetown, capitale de la Sierra Leone, et fabrique des machines d'usinage du riz, des craquelins de noix de palme, des plantes de palmiers de traitement du pétrole, jus de fruits équipement de fabrication et, en tant que distributeurs de marginaliser un préservatif,.

"Nous produisons des machines qui peuvent se passer d'un paquet à un moment, après l'insertion d'une pièce de 200 leones (0,05 $, £ 0.03)". Maintenant, selon lui, son entreprise, l'industrie et de l'industrialisation Fomel Centre national (paraffiniques), est maintenant une valeur d'environ 1 million de dollars.

Le projet de M. Kamara sera également adopté par le Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population.




Portugues:
Foday Serra Leoa Melvin Kamara treinado como um engenheiro automóvel, mas, em vez de veículos de fabricação, ele é especialista em transformar peças de carros antigos em agro-processamento de equipamentos e máquinas de preservativos.

Ele começou seu negócio em 1997, com um investimento de menos de US $ 100 (£ 63), que ele tinha guardado enquanto ele estava na Alemanha como estudante. Ele usou parte desse dinheiro para alugar uma casa eo resto para comprar produtos de aço que foram transformadas em pás e dobradiças.

"Então, nós vendemos e que nós lavrado um lucro para o negócio", disse ele. Esse lucro inicial foi utilizado para a aquisição de materiais de sucata.

"Na verdade, somos capazes de converter resíduos de riqueza", o Sr. Kamara apontou.

A empresa tem sede em Freetown, capital de Serra Leoa, e fabrica máquinas de moagem de arroz, biscoitos de nozes de palmeiras, plantas de processamento de dendê, suco de frutas torna o equipamento e, como uma linha distribuidores, de preservativos.

"Estamos produzindo máquinas que podem dispensar um pacote em um tempo após a inserção de uma moeda de leones 200 ($ 0,05, R $ 0,03)". Agora, segundo ele, sua empresa, Fomel Indústria e Industrialização Centro Nacional (Finic), agora vale cerca de US $ 1 milhão.

Sr. Kamara projeto também será aprovado pelo Fundo de População das Nações Unidas.

Source: BBC

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