Your Name: Stephen Baffour
What do you do?: I am a Designer and CEO
What's the name of your company: Baffs Handmade
Where is your company located?: Kumasi, Ghana
How did you get started in your field?: I studied Fine Arts in the university and right after graduation, I met a local shoemaker who was talented so I decided to back him up with the knowledge and skills I had acquired from school. We started work a few weeks later and we both learnt a lot from each other but he decided to leave a few months after I had acquired the skills. From there, I decided to start my own brand.
Tell us a bit more about your company: Baffs Handmade deals in the production and manufacturing of handmade products such as shoes, bags, belts, purses etc. Our products are made on pre-orders and it takes approximately ten days to finish a product depending on the order. Products are neatly packaged and we deliver throughout the country and beyond.
How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Art and Environmental Studies so I was already very familiar with the materials used in making our products.
Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: Yes. I'm still working on making better quality and affordable handmade products that can be accepted and patronised across the country.
I'm also working on raising capital to expand and train more people. My hope is that our products will compete with foreign products and drastically reduce the importation of these products.
How do you define success?: Success is when your desires, dreams and aspirations are achieved after hard work and dedication.
Who are your heroes and why?: I can't say for now because I still have different people I look up to and they are still building.
What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Discipline, desire and determination.
What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring change makers/entrepreneurs?: Don't ever stop or quit. Focus and pray!
For more information on Baffs Handmade, visit: https://www.instagram.com/baffs_handmade/