A beautiful Nigerian lady, Fateemah Garba, has started a successful hijab making business known as, Pinkdust Hijabs.
In an exclusive interview with NAIJ.com, Garba expressed that her passion for the hijab business came from her love for modest fashion.
She told NAIJ.com that making people happy also drives her to make her hijabs perfect for customers who patronize her.
The 18-year-old lady who is in her second year, studying English language at Alhikmah University Ilorin, expressed that she ventured into the business in 2016 with just N30,000 as capital.
Garba expressed that she was determined to start the hijab business after she saw businesses like Basma K collections and Hijab Loft thrive.
She added that she was also inspired by her mother and sister who are also business women.
The Muslim lady, who advertises her business through social media, expressed that her Instagram account @shoppinkdust has helped her business thrive so far.
Read NAIJ.com's interview with the CEO of Pinkdust Hijabs below:
1) Give us a brief description of yourself ?
“My name is Fatima Garba, I was born on the 19th of May, I come from a nuclear family of 3 sisters and 2 parents. I was born and raised in Abuja. I attended Air Force Girls' Comprehensive school Jos, Presently at Alhikmah University Ilorin studying English Language in my 2nd year.”
2) What inspired you to start making your hijabs?
“Passion came from the fact that I'm in love with modest fashion and also the idea of making people happy when they wear what I make.”
3) How do you feel when you see people wearing your designs?
“Honestly the feeling is overwhelming seeing people wear what I make, really makes me happy.”
4) How have you been able to stay creative with your ideas?
“It takes a creative person to get into this business knowing how to pick the right colours and patterns and I have been able to do so.”
5) Did it start has a business idea or was it just something that came up in the moment?
“No, I had it in mind for a while and seeing successful hijab stores around the world like Basma K and Hijab loft excel made me go through with it.”
6) How did you start Pinkdust Hijabs?
“I started the business with N30,000 in 2016 and I learned how to make the hijabs by watching videos on YouTube.”
7) How has your business thrived in Nigeria? Would you like to export your brand out of the country?
“Of course I love to branch out of Nigeria with time.”
“Selling hijabs is not a big business in this country because it is not a necessity for people to wear hijabs.”
8) How do you feel when a customer gives you a good feedback?
“I feel really happy, it's one of the best feelings in the world.”
9) Do Christian ladies patronise you?
“Yes they do. Not only Muslims patronize, I get Christian customers too.”
10) How do you feel about what you do?
“I love it so much sometimes I regret why I didn't start earlier. I love it.”
She advised other youth who plan on having their own business to commit to it because starting a business involves a lot of sacrifice.
Garba further expressed that she finds it hard to joggle her student life with her life has a business woman.
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