What do we usually do when we feel hopeless? We give up or reenergize. But, before doing either, we have to battle with our thought process; choosing either paths requires some decision making that happens internally.
I realize that the textile industry in Nigeria isn’t where it needs to be because for most of us, the work required to getting it back on its feet isn’t work we’re willing to dedicate both mind and time to. Until we come to the point where internally, the nation and stakeholders have the inner determination to see this industry succeed, it will continue to decline, where at best, we’re known as excellent and extravagant traders, and our manufacturing potential remains unearthed.
Speaking of our thought processes, the thought required to do nothing about the textile industry simply because going forward would be too high a mountain, or because we believe that we don’t have the stamina to climb, is a good place to start. It’s a good place to start because until we know where we’re at, and where we know we should be, the roadmap begins to look a lot less treacherous and we begin to get the right gears needed for the possible blizzard we might face, in other words, we move in the right direction.
We think, we plan and strategize on the best and most efficient way forward.
The key to stepping out of a hopeless situation in our personal lives and our industry isn’t to focus on the mountain that seems too high to climb, and the fact that we’ve never gone this path before. The key is to link up with trained instructors who know the best routes to getting to the top. We listen and move. We gain confidence and move. We rest and move. We make mistakes and move. We fight the status quo and move. You get the picture, either way, we move (in mind and might).
Nigeria, we’re moving ahead. You and I are moving ahead.
When we come together in one purpose with the knowledge that the world needs our light to shine, we have a different attitude to life and we embrace each other with a sense of knowing that we’re more than our looks, our positions of lofty heights, our notoriety, our wealth, or our degrees or differences in personality and style, – we are one voice, one people, one purpose, one vision, one desire.
How do we get to that place where we become one? I think it takes being sensitive on the inside, and choosing for deeper; not being comfortable to stay on the superficiality of life but seeking to know our reason for being and working it out daily in the way we interact in Family and in the community.
It’s great to individually do our part but it’s so much better when we’re linked with like-minded individuals who know that we’re here for “such a time as this.” Collaborations become birthing grounds for hope and strength to keep moving forward.
And so, in the textile industry in Nigeria, we’re not there yet, in my opinion we haven’t started, but the joy is in knowing that it is on the horizon because we’re working together.
For so long there had been a disconnect with the gift. It was discarded as elementary or common.
There comes a time in our lives when we must dive in deeper than we’ve ever ventured, to discover the beauty within – which causes us to see beyond what our eyes can see. To see the impact our gifts can make on the lives of others.
What is it that you have within you that you’ve hidden from the world thinking you can make it without it? You were given this gift because there was and still is a purpose for its existence.
In a few words, I urge you to discover who you truly are. Do whatever it takes to find her; she’s precious, beautiful, confident, caring and has a lot of hope and love to give to the world.
When I first heard about the call for Nigerians to embrace “Made in Nigeria” goods, I felt it was an excellent idea. Understandably there are certain industries that would need a whole lot more than calling for patronage, and I’d be bold to say that the textile industry falls into this category. We simply don’t have what it takes to adequately supply to the majority of the people’s present need. Having said that, I definitely also believe that there are areas where we as citizens must adjust our preferences for the greater good of the nation. Before we start to ask for more financial boosting and the whole lot, I think that we must first of all clearly and thoroughly understand our why’s (why do we want to be a great industry?) and what’s (what do we need to do to achieve that greatness?) and then we must know how we will accomplish the task ahead with a structured and sustainable roadmap.
I wanted to know a little bit more about what other people are saying concerning buying “Made in Nigeria” and it’s interesting to read and hear the differing views on this issue, but I believe at the heart of everyone’s assessments, we all want the same end result – a nation that’s thriving in every industry.
There’s a brilliant article by Simon Kolawole written in THISDAYLIVE titled “Made in Nigeria and the Complications” and I’d love to share excerpts from it because it answers the question on why would we buy “Made in Nigeria”, and it has nothing to do with sentiments.
I highly recommend you read his entire piece to get the full gist. I particularly enjoyed reading the comments- a passionate debate ensues between two commenters on the way forward. Definitely check it out.
We’ll start-off on where he speaks on the alarming nature of items that are imported into the country and take it from there;
Emefiele had said there would be no more forex allocation for the importation of products we are already producing or can produce domestically — as well as items that are luxuries. At the time, toothpicks, rice, private jets and Indian incense dominated our attention. It soon emerged that tomatoes and vegetables — and many other items we produce here — are also on the list…
His “vision statement” — if he were to develop one — would be: “crush imports”. In branding, this is called competition-focused vision. It would necessitate an aggressive strategy to make the local industry grow and snuff life out of imports. If it works out well, imports would reduce drastically and domestic industry would grow phenomenally.
Because I don’t dare claim to be an economist, I would assume that our CBN governors’ motives/actions are in the right direction, and perhaps the nation is going through a process that isn’t intended to drown/collapse us but instead, I think if we look at it with fresh eyes, we realize that now is the time to begin to see areas where opportunities exist and begin to work towards meeting the needs of the people; and the needs are quite vast. He goes on to state,
“Crushing” imports and promoting “Made in Nigeria” are conceptually excellent, but I will show you a more excellent way.
It is one thing for Emefiele to think about “crushing” imports and promoting “Made in Nigeria”, but it is a different matter altogether for Nigerian producers to rise up to the challenge. How many Nigerian products are export quality? How many of them are properly packaged and presented in a very appealing way to the consumer? I try to separate the issue of “quality” from “colonial mentality” — that thinking that anything foreign is better than anything local — because I have come across many Nigerians who would like to buy local goods but are simply put off by what they see.
How much attention is paid to the detail in the production process? What is the quality assurance for the consumer?
This in particular is what I really want us to focus on, and why I felt the need to share from the Mr. Kolawole’s article; if you and I were given the opportunity to produce solely for the Nigerian market, how many of us are willing to give it our very best? Would our standards change if we knew there was a 100% potential for exportation of the same goods? Are we driven by excellence or are we settling for less-than? Our stance on what we produce ought to consistently portray accuracy, integrity and quality.
In conclusion, he states,
I do not by any means suggest that all Nigerian products and services are poor. That would be a reckless exaggeration…
And I do not also suggest that it is easy for Nigerian products to attain export standards. I can list a thousand and one obstacles that have kept our local industry retarded and struggling for decades, reasons including the very hostile business environment lacking in infrastructural backbone, financial power and political support. We know all these things. But my focus today is on the quality of what we produce. Even if the age-old problems are resolved, how many of our products can begin to compete globally? That is my point…
It is one thing to market a product with sentiments — it is another thing for the consumer to be satisfied and keep asking for more.
How do we get to the point where in everything we do, we as a people are known for excellence and integrity in our work/craft/service? In my opinion, it starts with the value we place on ourselves; knowing our worth I believe matters a whole lot more than we think. When I don’t value myself, I settle for less, but when I know my value, I know that I am worthy of the best my country has to offer me and I in turn, also want to offer the very best to my country. Our attitude changes from giving and receiving inferiority to becoming a people and nation that would do all we possibly can to be great, and that means we choose to become our brother’s keeper, or better yet, we “always do for other people everything we want them to do for us.” Matthew 7:12.
It’s as simple as that. If I want the best, why shouldn’t I task myself enough to GIVE the best?
I recently heard a great teaching, and the paraphrased version basically states that everything we will ever pursue in life starts with a Desire. This desire to become a better textile industry and develop all aspects that pertain to its success must not end there. When a desire is planted in our hearts, if it’s strong enough, it moves us to make a Decision. For instance we decide that we’re not going to continue to have the same mindsets that held us back, or our work ethics have to be regenerated for the better or we’re willing to go back to school, etc. And when a Decision is made to move in the direction of the Desire, what happens is that you’ve placed yourself in a Position – a place that’s better off than when you began the journey. Being positioned to take-on the hardwork needed to move in growth will require a lot of Patience. This only means that we keep working relentlessly in what we know to be right and purposeful, even when times are tough and we seem to be going against the grain. Only after we’ve progressed, one step at a time; over a time period, we will eventually reach the Promise – that special place where we know we’ve dreamt of, envisioned, and worked hard to attain, believed and never gave up.
I love to see the possibilities in people and places and I can definitely see a greater future for Nigeria’s textile industry. My main concern right now is to engrave it into our hearts that we can become a great industry that feeds and clothes many of our people. Today it’s important to be grateful that we have a strong desire for better, and we’ve made a commitment – a decision, to walk-out those steps, one at a time. I strongly believe that the more we “walk” in becoming more knowledgeable in our various areas of concern, we will never regret it. Our ideas and concepts will build the future that we can only see in our hearts, right now.
How do we turn our weak points into strengths? Focus on what’s most important in the process right now – Preparation would be mine, yours of course could be different. We obviously don’t know all we need to know in our industry or even of ourseleves and how best we can be placed to aid in its development. So why not spend time building on who you are. You and I cannot change another person, if they aren’t willing to be changed, but we can focus on ourselves.
Let’s ask ourselves, how can I become the person that stands out in wisdom, in integrity, in understanding and mastery, in expertise, etc? Start there. Everyday I remind myself of the dream ahead, and although it may appear as though nothing is happening, trust me when I say that keep moving, don’t give up because it’s all part of the process.
My weakness – the unknown and what if’s.
Weakness into Strength – the vision stays in my sight, in my mind and causes me to move.
Textile industry weaknesses – our past failures; the current inadequacies within Nigeria; unfavorable policies and conditions, lack of proper structures (infrastructure), the know-how, etc
Weaknesses into Strengths – don’t give up. Know what we are up against and create a map on getting to the desired goal of greatness. Standing together. Building strong collaborations. Learning and equiping our people (training).
If we all decide to start to do something, no matter how small it looks, it will build into a force that’s greater than we could ever have been able to accomplish had we done nothing.
Take charge! Recently I heard a lady who’s defying odds in her industry say that each of us must begin to see ourselves as a spokesperson in our industry – when others are sighting doom, you’re saying recovery, preparation, greatness,… Yes we can!
I love this quote by Albert Einstein; “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
I thought about what was lacking in the textile industry and although solid facts exist like we’ve touched on in our previous two posts,(here) and (here), I also know that it stems a bit deeper than just the facts.
From my perspective, our industry has lost its heart to imagine the monumental possibilities of just how great we truly could be. If we would only start to harness these thoughts and build upon them, we’ll move a farther distance than waiting on policies and conditions to favor us.
We must start to think beyond our obstacles. Start to map a way forward regardless of what stands against our progress. Start to collaborate. Start to teach again. Start to think positively. Start to pen our visions down. Start to talk about how blessed we are. Start to see ourselves as being vital in the progress of our nation. Start to war for what belongs to us and our children. Start to desire for the re-birth of an industry more than we grumble about its decay. Start to see the journey ahead as a call rather than just a means to a paycheck. Start to see our dreams as being attainable. Start to pray in authority. Start progressing step by step, but above all, start now.
Does your mindset need to start adjusting to thinking of success and not past failures? Does your knowledge need a mighty boosting, eg going back to school, interning, reading etc Does your networking need new strategies? Does your vision need to be written? And the list goes on.
There are lots of things we could do today, depending on where we’re at, it really doesn’t matter. I once heard a great man say recently that 5 years from now, yours and my life will be either worse or better than where we are today; there’s no way it will remain the same. Something must make it become better or do nothing, and it deteriorates. That ‘something’ is our mind – how bad do you want to become better?
For me and probably a number of us out there, our starting point is in the personal & professional development of ourselves (skills).
Along the line, we’ll need experts and individuals to come alongside us to guide us and propel us further than we could move by ourselves. But, in the meantime, there is an urgency to rise to the call to what you and I must do for ourselves, today.
Here’s a lesson – start to align your thoughts with the greatness of purpose (loving God, loving yourself & loving others) and trash out thoughts that are against that vision.
I couldn’t help but keep digging a bit deeper on the net to what’s already been written out there, and I was so pleased to have stumbled on this extensively researched article by Ms. Uduak Oduok, Esq entitled “The Urgency of Now: putting Nigeria’s fashion industry on the global map” – I’ll highlight aspects that I felt were new to me personally, and will be immensely beneficial to us, but to read the entire article, which I would suggest, please see it (here).
Her angle on this as the title suggests, is majorly focused on the textile industry’s role in aiding the growth and advancement of the fashion industry within Nigeria. In spite of our failures, the fashion industry has progressed in carving a platform at home and abroad that we in the textile can not boast of. I do however agree with the article that THERE IS MORE! More to be gained and acquired within the fashion industry that will further enhance its growth. Needless to say, we’re focusing on the textile industry right now, so here’s a clip from what she had to say about the crisis we’re presently in:
Trade Policies: Prior to the mid-50s, Nigeria had a successful agricultural industry, exporting cash crops like cotton, cocoa and groundnut. The success of the agricultural industry paralleled with that of textiles. Textiles and agriculture went hand in hand as agriculture provided the raw materials i.e. cotton in the first step of the textile supply chain. By the mid-50s, however, the agricultural boom came to an end. Post 1960, attaining its independence and embracing nationalism, Nigeria adopted an import substitution strategy. This translated to control on cotton prices and high tariffs, among many tactics used, on imported textiles. From 1967-70 [the Biafra War] and later 1977, there was an outright ban on imported textiles. These bans were meant to provide leverage for Nigeria in its dealings with its trading partners. In fact, the 1977 ban, for example, was the result of what the government deemed a self-sufficient Clothing and Textile industry.
The government, arguably, got it right. As of 1980, Nigeria was ranked the third largest textile industry in Africa after Egypt and South Africa. However, amidst the oil boom of the 70s to 80s, Nigeria became over reliant on oil, to the detriment of its agricultural sector. Cotton production, for example, was in the 1980s, fifty percent below its production capacity. There was nothing in place to actively stop its rapid decline. Nigeria engaged in a culture of high consumption but produced less. By 1974, Nigeria was importing simple basics like food. Things would only worsen.
In 1985, President Ibrahim Babaginda took office. A year later, he steered Nigeria into an adoption of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s [IMF] Structural Adjustment Program [SAP]. SAP ran from 1986 to 1988 and was defined as a period of massive devaluation of the Naira.
Raw Materials: From 1903 to 1974, the British Cotton Growers Association was in place to help regulate and advocate for Cotton Growers. By 1974, it was replaced with the Nigerian Cotton Marketing Board who retained the same functionalities including added functions of marketing its cotton. By 1986, however, the year SAP was implemented, the board was abolished. What would follow, especially with no oversight, was a further deterioration within the cotton industry in terms of production capacity. This meant the textile industry had insufficient and at times no raw materials to work with. As a result, fabric manufacturers relied heavily on imported raw materials and other textile inputs to even begin fabric production.
Infrastructural issues and Unemployment: Exacerbating the problems above were infrastructural issues, particularly power supply. The constant power failure, also caused by a Nigeria Electric Power Authority [NEPA] operating well below its 6,000 MW capacity, made it extremely difficult for textile businesses to see a return on investments much less break even. The corresponding result was heavy retrenchments, huge turnover rates with the adverse effect of erosion of skilled workers, factory closures, riots and chaos.
Further, although Nigeria, especially during the import substitution era of the 70s had tried to make most of its textile plants Nigerian owned, the fact remained that foreigners had the major market share. In 1986, for instance, according to extensive research conducted by Swedish researchers on the union power in Nigeria’s textile industry, Nigeria’s Textile Manufacturer Association reported 75 members. Of these 75, 30 were Indian owned firms with the rest being Chinese and Lebanese. Only 4 of the 75 were reported as indigenous Nigerian owned firms. Amidst all the instability, huge operational cost, riots and corruption, these foreigners returned to their countries of origin. Sometimes, they left just as quickly as they had appeared leaving no retrenchment benefits.
“Bend Down Select” and Chinese Imports: ….For Nigeria’s textile industry, the lack of diversity and innovation in textile designs plus the aforementioned factors, made it extremely vulnerable. Chinese textile mills outpaced Nigeria in production capacity, labor/skilled workers, regulatory compliance in exporting to Western countries and innovative equipments. Worse, the Chinese did not spare Nigeria in its domestic market. The Chinese mastered and produced Nigerian designs like “ankara” and “”aso oke,” stamped “Made in Nigeria” on them and sold them in Nigeria as local products.
The affordability saw consumers shunning the more expensive and genuine Nigerian textiles for China’s cheap imports. Nigeria’s already stressed out textile industry saw even more factory closures, retrenchments, and lesser production capacity.
Now here’s what she had to say about a way forward, which by the way I think are brilliant suggestions and are in-line with what we want our industry to stand for especially in being environmentally friendly. I’ve only captured the first 4 out of 11 strong points she mentioned.
Textile manufacturers and agricultural producers should collaborate to advocate for stronger infrastructure and government incentives that can help increase production of raw materials such as cotton.
The clothing and textile industry should form a governmental relations arm within their respective sectors that undertake a comprehensive study and solutions on how to modernize, strengthen and get the industry to perform competitively locally and ultimately globally.
The government should rethink and come up with stronger safeguard measures against Chinese and SHC imports. There is still a high rate of smuggling of products driven by affordability despite the ban on Chinese imports, for example. Thee one size fits all ban that worked in the 60s and 70s is no longer the solution for today. The government should undertake several measures and provide incentives to the average Nigerian that serves as deterrence for buying smuggled goods.
All stakeholders should make a commitment to train and demand innovation in all phases of the supply chain. In addition, with respect to innovation, special emphasis should be added to natural/green textile goods that can be exported to the West as countries like the USA embark on a green economy.
I will continue to update us on any new-found information that aligns with our vision. Let me know if you’ve got any suggestions of your own, or perhaps you’ve got a contact in the industry, either past or present, I’d love to hear from you.
History of Nigeria’s textile industry – beginning stages & its collapse: (seeking to know more comprehensively, where we started from, and why the industry failed).
History is important… and in searching out facts for today’s lesson, I came across this quote that I absolutely love by Winston Churchill, and it says,
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
Isn’t that brilliant? I think it is, but I could be biased; you see, I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of history class, and that includes Art history! So naturally I gravitated to that quote because I thought, hmm, maybe instead of writing about “history”, I could just re-write it to what it ought to be!!! But on second thought, I realized that for the benefit of others, perhaps we should just dab a bit into where it all began.
Getting down to business:
*There’s a lot of information on our history online and so I’ll just give snippets because our focus isn’t on what we already know, it’s majorly on what we hope to learn from, either mistakes or triumphs, and also to make better choices going forward. I would encourage you to look up at your convenience areas in our history that you need more clarity on.
So, we know that in 1955, the very first industrial textile factory was built in Kaduna State by the collaborative efforts of a British textile company, and the Nigerian government, and by 1957 production commenced. It’s also good to note that in the 70’s, multiple textile factories had opened-up not just in Kaduna state but also in other parts of the nation. We also gathered that in the 80’s, our textile industry was the 3rd largest producer in Africa with South Africa and Egypt leading the pack. Things started to go a bit downhill in the 90’s when by 1997 we saw that a good number of top performing factories started to produce way below full capacity and the numbers only got worse from there. By 2007 a large percentage of factories had completely been shut down. Based on figures collected, our highest number of factories whilst in our booming years was roughly over 150 throughout the nation, but sadly, that figure sits below 40 today.
Now that we’ve covered the brief narrative of where we began and the highlights along the way, let’s focus our attention on why the industry began to dwindle, and continued to do so, with seemingly no resolve.
Power outages – I know that this is a major problem in the nation, but there are other industries out there that are still thriving despite the same conditions that the textile industry had to face in regards to power. When I say industries that are thriving, I mean for instance the restaurant business; they NEED a daily supply of power in order to serve their customers and we all know that we’re not in lack of excellent catering services across the nation (granted I’m sure they too would advocate that their monies be spent on other areas of growth versus diesel consumption). So why then did we place emphasis on power outage as being a major factor in our decline? In my opinion, I believe our sector requires constant power supply for almost every tier of production. With this problem at hand, we see another major issue that halted progress in our industry that only made matters worse.
Higher production costs – There’s simply no way to maintain your price points at any level to the customers when your production costs have skyrocketed. Production costs will obviously be affected when the conditions in which your business is situated aren’t stable nor favorable especially when we consider the fact that raw materials like dyes, spare parts and chemicals were also imported. Speaking of imported goods…
Importation – It is clear that things really took a dive for the worse when policies adopted allowed for the almost, what I call, “free flow” of textiles from predominantly Asian nations, and also Europe. When the government felt they needed to crack down on this overflow, they banned the importation of various textiles, but of course everyone knew that the majority of fabrics sold in our markets were more than likely not made in Nigeria. The ban some say made smuggling of fabrics the way of life. Today we know that the present administration has lifted these bans – good or bad?
Quality – when a system has not been updated, it is obvious that there will be failures and set-backs! In our case, the industry continued to spiral out of control when required updates to technological advancements were not attended to. I am not placing blame on anyone; with what we’ve seen from our points above, the price of acquiring necessary upgrades probably were overridden by the daily demands of running the business and of course the up-keep of the workers, among other things. Because of this, I truly believe that when imported goods began to flood our markets, most factories that were still in existence could not out-perform their foreign competitors. We know that these nations that we patronize have invested heavily in their manufacturing sectors; a lot more than we’re probably willing to invest in as a nation.
Low patronage – we can not blame the society for not patronizing our Nigerian made fabrics because like we’ve stated above, these factories aren’t dealing with the same harsh conditions as their competitors and therefore it is very understandable that their products aren’t comparable. Even when you’ve got a fabric of equal quality, be rest assured that the price tag of the Nigerian made will be slightly higher.
Lack of Technical Institutions – the younger generation in my opinion will only read about the days of textile sciences being taught in our higher institutions… that can be changed, but are we willing to work hard in developing this area. I’m sure I’ll be addressing this at a later post.
** of course there are other factors but I believe these cover the major issues.
What I think I can learn from our industry’s history and collapse lies in our understanding of purpose or its reason for existence. It is clear that when the industry began, the vision or intent was not clearly stated; in my opinion, it was merely a thing to be done. I strongly believe that if we understand why we need to bring about a rebirth of this industry, we will strive to develop ourselves, improve upon what we already know, educate the younger generation, implement creative ways of engaging the people on the benefits of standing by “us” and so much more. Knowing why we ought to exist and thrive is so vitally important.
We’re the only one’s who have the power to forge ahead & fulfill our God-given dreams. We can choose to move forward and learn from a bad situation or we can decide to complain and do nothing positive… I’m glad you’re joining me on this quest to becoming all we were created/gifted to become – not for our selfish gains, but for the freedom and uplifting of all.
The way I see it, this journey ahead of us ought to be enjoyed! It doesn’t mean it will be free of obstacles, but in those trying times, hopefully our anchor would have been set so deep that there’s no way we’re turning our backs to return from whence we came. So here’s to learning and growing, together! Cheers!
Restoration 101: Moving forward from where we are & knowing what it takes to get through this stage successfully.
OUTLINE: SESSION 1 ON RESTORATION.
What will be accomplished in this session:
1.Gaining relevant skills/knowledge in restoring the Nigerian Textile industry:
a. History of Nigeria’s textile industry’s beginning stages & its collapse: (seeking to know more comprehensively, where we started from, and why the industry failed).
b. What is the industry lacking today? (areas of our weaknesses).
c. Requirements in setting the industry up for greatness: (how do we turn our weaknesses to strengths).
d. The public’s opinion of our industry; (an in-depth look in understanding the general perception of the people towards the goods and services of this industry, and how to make sure we create trust in the people through the value we offer).
e. Open discussion on any other areas not covered.
2. Seeking partnerships with global industry experts.
a. Mentorship/advisers (interacting and engaging with industry experts on a way forward).
b. First-hand look at what makes this industry in other nations thrive (understanding the factors that contribute to the success of cotton farming, weaving, printing, etc the whole gamut).
c. Building strong collaborations with entities and people in the industry (what memberships will be needed to further a better understanding of the global industry; building a solid network).
3. Acquiring/implementing innovative methods that will foster an organic and solid growth in the Nigerian Textile industry.
a. Technology – (what’s new? what should we be focusing on? Long & short-term acquisitions).
b. Hands-on training (what courses are out there in understanding the new printing technologies, or weaving skills etc).
c. Writing the business proposal (utilizing what’s been learnt to carve a blueprint that can be duplicated across the nation).
That quote by Nelson Mandela is so apt for what we’re about to walk into; I believe it isn’t going to be an easy ride towards attaining the greatness of the textile industry in Nigeria, but it is possible. My last post, “From Vision to Mission” I spoke about how we needed to tackle the weight of this project step by step. Now we’re going to look at a way forward with our first step, that is, RESTORATION. We should remind ourselves of what our first mission statement says,
We will restore the textile industry in Nigeria to a thriving sector by gaining relevant skills, partnering with industry experts and acquiring/implementing innovative methods that will foster an organic and solid growth.
Rebuilding an entire textile industry will take more than we can acquire in a day, or even a year.
So what I want you to see with this “proposal” is to look at it from a viewpoint of the both of us going through a learning process – I most definitely do not have ALL the answers, but I’m willing to search them out. A process that some might not be burdened to carry through the long-haul, but that’s what makes this journey even more adventurous.
There’s this story in the Bible about a young man who didn’t think he was capable of what God had told him he could accomplish, but guess what, when he probably felt a bit confident in the strength of his army (about 32,000 men), he soon realizes that his God isn’t about the numbers; at the end of the day, the victory came through a few men (300).
If we look at this and assume we need a mighty legion of supporters on our side, we’ll never move forward, but when we realize that it takes us growing in what we’ve been called to do, we’ll win. And the victory will be super sweet because it would have been against all odds.
The plan ahead is to embark on a strategic learning process.