Today on MSME LIFE, we will be featuring Victoria Mamza, Founder and C.E.O. of Wangaraufoods.
Wangaraufoods is a food processing, packaging and delivery company based in Lagos. Their primary aim is to save customers the stress, time and hassle of going to the market by sourcing, sorting, crushing/grounding, packaging and delivering food items to various destinations.
My inspiration to start up Wangaraufoods came from my neighbor who is a banker. Like most working wives in Lagos, she did not have the time to go to the market to shop for food items. I overheard her lamenting on how stressful it was, going to the market after office hours. Right there, it dawned on me that there could be a market for many people like her who do not have the time to go to the market, as a result of their busy schedules.
Our target audience are basically entrepreneurs in lagos, working mothers, basically everyone in Lagos that does not have the time to go to the market or does not want the stress of picking out food items.
Wangaraufoods will be 2 years on the 14th of August.
We offer tailored personal shopping experience to each and every customer that patronizes us. Each customer’s request is different from the other, each specification is not the same as the other. Wangaraufoods prides itself in being able to pay attention to detail so as to meet every need and request.
My first challenge was fear of starting out because it was totally different from what I was used to, but once I got past that fear and conquered it, the challenge of finance took over…????
Finance is a major challenge for me. With God’s grace and new found information in sourcing funding. We hope we will be able to meet this challenge.
Yes I do have a business plan that was written by a business consultant.
I trained informally with someone I will refer to as a Mentor. It was an informal one.The rest, I have learned from my mistakes and failures.
The company has a separate account from my personal account but I sometimes mix my personal funds with the company’s. This is because Wangaraufoods is still a startup business. I still put in money from my personal fund into the business but I have never used the company’s fund for personal expenses. Never.
Because of the measures I have put in place in form of my very competent staff, it is safe to say that Wangaraufoods can function without me being physically present. But of course I will still need to give the necessary directions and instructions over the telephone.
By God’s grace, in 5 years, I see Wangaraufoods becoming a household name with a staff strength of over 100 offering employment opportunities to Nigerians. Within my food package industry, I would prefer to set standards for myself against myself. Each year, I try to set goals and aspirations and work towards meeting them.
Not working after I graduated from the University.
Let God guide you. With Determination, Resilience, Persistence and God, you can be what you want to be, do what you want to do and go to anywhere you want to go. The journey of a thousand Kilometers begins with a step.