How would you describe the pot making business, since you started?It is quite lucrative, especially if your location is good for the business. Recently, the rate of patronage has been very low, though, due to the economic situation in the country. What does it take to start the business?It depends on how big you want it to be and how rich you are. But someone can start with N20,000 to buy the necessary materials. How much do you make per day?I have customers in One Man Village and even in Mararaba but due to the economic situation in the country, customers don’t patronise us as usual. Sometimes we sell between N2,000 and N5,000. There are days that I do not make any sales. So one has to learn how to successfully transit between these two periods. How many pots can you make in a day?It depends on availability of the materials, because there are some materials that I cannot get here. Even when the materials are available they are usually very expensive. So in most cases I travel to Sokoto State to get them. Since I have two other persons working with me, we can make between 10 and 15 pots, or even more, daily depending on the availability of the consumables. How long will it take an apprentice to learn the pot making?It depends on how creative the person is. I learnt pot making in two years. What motivated you into this work?As a man, one needs to be engaged in a meaningful activity, be it education or business. I do not want to depend on anybody that is why I choose this business. I picked interest in it since my childhood. How do you sell and what are the challenges in the business?The prices vary as there are different sizes and types; like the big pot goes for N7,000 and we have smaller ones that we sell for between N700 and N1,000.We are facing the challenges of transportation and we lack the needed materials. If we have the money to buy a large amount of materials, we will be able to make enough pots that will serve our customers.
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