By Laura Ese Oghene
Ifeanyi Charles is the CEO of Lifestone Interior & Exterior Works and a beneficiary of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP.)
He enrolled into the 2018/2019 cycle in which he was re-trained and established in Tiling & Interlocking as a Brown STEPreneur. He hails from Ika South Local Government Area. He has a B.Sc. in Educational Management and shares his success story four years after.
“After schooling, I invested in tiling business for years until I enrolled into STEP. The program broadened my knowledge by improving my skills as a tiler. STEP exposed me to business management tips and also taught me entrepreneurship.
“I have grown in the business. I bought more tiling equipment such as manual and electrical tiles cutter. I trained six people who are established in tiling business. I have three staff that I pay based on commission.
“I have diversified into inter-locking stone and stamp concrete works. I sell chemicals for polishing stamp concrete floor. I save up to N200, 000.00 whenever I do contract jobs. I am married with children and I cater for my family very well. I bought a car and two plots of land from my proceeds.
“My future plan is to learn 3D flooring and I wish to expand and to be patronized all over the state. I want to thank the state government for the initiative.”