KsTU Alumna Transforms Final Year Project Into Business, Uses Neem Leaves To Produce Soap

KsTU Alumna Transforms Final Year Project Into Business, Uses Neem Leaves To Produce Soap

  • An alumna of Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) has been commended for transforming her final-year project into a business
  • Anastasia Acquah pursued a Bachelor of Technology programme as a student
  • The young lady now uses neem leaf extracts to produce soap and advises people to seek guidance about the courses they intend to pursue at the university

The Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) has commended one of its alumni, Anastasia Acquah, who actualized her dream of becoming an entrepreneur by successfully transforming her final year project work into a business.

Anastasia, who pursued a Bachelor of Technology programme, embarked on a research project in her final year focusing on the formulation of a unique bar soap made from neem leaf extracts.

Photo of Anastasia Acquah and her products
KsTU graduate transforms project work into business Photo credit: kstu.edu.gh
Source: UGC

Speaking on the business, the brain behind Choice Neem Soap expressed delight that she offered a programme that gives students the chance to acquire practical skills and also empowers them to become self-employed upon graduation.

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The amazing feat of Anastasia was made public by KsTU in a publication on its website.

I was encouraged by the positive feedback I got from friends

In a comment to YEN.com.gh Anastasia Acquah revealed she was encouraged to set up her own venture due to the positive feedback and reviews she received from her friends about the quality of the products she initially made as her academic project work.

"I found inspiration from the success of the production and the positive feedback from users of the samples I made in school.
After graduation, the positive feedback I had motivated me to commercial production of the neem tablet soap. I discussed this with my project supervisor, and he encouraged me to do so. The realization that I have successfully created a highly effective product, coupled with the encouraging remarks from users, serves as a significant source of motivation for me."

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She admonished graduates to be guided about the courses to study at the tertiary level.

"I will advise potential university students to seek professional guidance in selection of programmes to pursue at the universities, so that they select programmes that would empower them to become entrepreneurs. As my supervisor would always say, ‘the future does not hold for job-seeker, but embraces job-creators’, it is therefore important the individuals make adequate use of the knowledge they acquire from such programmes to make them self-sufficient.
Additionally, it is beneficial to choose projects topics with tangible outcomes, and concentrate on developing such projects after graduation. Individuals should be courageous enough to develop and market such project outcome after adequate research. This approach, to me, will not only empower individuals to be self-employed, but would also contribute to job creation, thereby addressing the issue of unemployment in the country," she told YEN.com.gh.

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University graduate who set up business with GH¢100

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that a Ghanaian designer and entrepreneur, Joel Wilson, has narrated how he started his business with GH¢100 and is now positioning himself to become a global brand.

Joel, the chief executive officer of Joewils Collection, disclosed that he knew he had a passion for art whilst in class two, where he excelled during art lessons.

The journey to being a professional shoemaker and designer began on campus at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

According to Joel, pursuing Integrated Rural Arts and Industry at the Ghanaian university enabled him to perfect his craft.

''I started my business with GH¢100 and started producing on a large scale after completing university. A businessman later invested GH¢10,000 into the business, which helped me to expand,'' he said.

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Also, a young man, Dwomoh Emmanuel, took to TikTok to show how what he is doing for a living is way different from his university degree.

A video of the graduate of statistics showed him carrying and selling fried chicken for a living.

Another part of the clip captured him frying what looks like chicken wings.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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Philip Boateng Kessie (Human-Interest editor) Philip Boateng Kessie is a Human Interest editor at YEN.com.gh. He has over six years of experience in journalism. He graduated from the University of Cape Coast in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. Philip previously served as a reporter for Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL). He also worked as a content writer for Scooper News. Email: philip.kessie@yen.com.gh.

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