Mulugeta Shirga

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Name: Mulugeta Shirga
Education: B.A. in Business Education
Company name: Babies Photo and Video
Studio title: General Manager
Founded: September 2012

What it does: Photo and Video services for weddings, birthdays, christenings and postcards
HQ: Shiro Meda
Number of Employees: Five

Startup capital: 10,000  Birr
Current capital: 100,000 Birr

Reason for starting business: To own a business and offer job opportunities to others, while at the same time, eliminating the sense of dependency one feels when you are an employee in someone else’s company
Biggest plus of ownership: It enables you to have a free hand in making decisions, work hard and be rewarded for your efforts
Biggest strength: I am a hardworking man. I’m not picky when it comes to jobs that need to be done. I do everything I can
Biggest weakness: I am hasty in decision making, which has in fact affected me negatively most of the time
Biggest worry: My worries are about people who don’t have jobs and are forced to beg or become involved in bad things. I always wonder what would have happened to me if I didn’t have the opportunity to open up my own business
Favorite task: Making videos
Most challenging task: Customer handling is the most challenging task as there are many different kinds of people. The other is to make people pay on time for services rendered
Plan: My plan is to establish a school starting from kindergarten up to university level. I want to own, not only a school, but one that is able to craft generations in a way that would enable them to highly contribute to the society
First Career: As a restaurant owner
Most interested in meeting: I don’t have the interest of meeting anyone, really
Most admired person: I admire Nelson Mandela for his untiring efforts for the liberty of black people in general and Africans in particular. I also love Tewodros Tadesse, as I grew up listening to his lovely songs
Stress reducer: I read books a lot
Favorite pastime: Listening to the radio
Favorite Book: “Sememen”, an Amharic fiction by Sisay Nigusu
Favorite Destination: Gondar and Bahir Dar
Favorite Automobile: Rav4
Favorite Film: Both parts of “Yewendoch Guday”, an Amharic romantic comedy film