Melaku Engeda

Name: Melaku Engeda
Education: Master’s Degree in Education Planning and Management   
Company name: Global Access Language and Computer Center
Studio title: Owner and General Manager
Founded: 2013 What it does: Provides courses for international languages and examinations like the SAT, tutoring, and computer classes
HQ: Gerji, near the NOC gas station
Number of employees: Five

Startup capital: 100,000 Birr
Current capital: Growing

Reason for starting business: I love doing this work and I’ve been doing it for a long time
Biggest plus of ownership: Being independent, the freedom is the best part
Biggest strength: I am hospitable, I take care of my customers well
Biggest weakness: I have not done as much promotion work as I should have for the center 
Biggest risk: I have found out recently the body that gives and renews licenses for businesses like
Favorite task: Being in the language classes teaching students is a lot of fun
Most challenging task: Talking to customers and giving them the right information and convincing them can sometimes be a challenge
Plan: I would like to expand, especially with the computer course section and open more branches
First careers: Teacher  
Most interested in meeting: Andrew Roberts, writer and evangelist
Most admired person: My mother
Stress reducer: Walking, playing football
Favorite pastime: Spending time with family and friends, watching a movie
Favorite book: There are many
Favorite destination: Hawassa
Favourite film: Freedom Writers
Favourite Automobile: Toyota DX