5 Business Lessons Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Erwan Heussaff, Founder of The Fat Kid Inside

Here’s how Heussaff survived his failures to become a successful digital entrepreneur.

Erwan Heussaff was only 22 years old when he decided to quit his job overseas and return to the Philippines to put up his restaurant business.

Born to a French father and a Filipina mother, Heussaff opened his cocktail bar in 2013, which was the first of its kind in the country in Bonifacio Global City.

The business was so successful that Heussaff started getting offers to open more restaurant outlets. Seeing the potential growth in the mid-income market, he thought that he should focus on high-end, boutique restaurant concepts.

Soon after the success of his first restaurant, Heussaff, who graduated in France with an international business degree in hospitality, started developing new concepts and expanded to as many as eight restaurants.


Dr. Sulaiman Lakoh of Sulryka’s Investment

Dr. Sulaiman Lakoh is the Founder of Sulryka’s Investment. He holds a Membership from the West African College of Physicians, a Master of Public Health from Texila American University, a Certificate in Clinical Management of HIV from University of Washington and various certifications on entrepreneurship from Young African Leaders Initiative. As a Specialist Physician with background in Infectious Diseases including “One Health”, he plays a pivotal role in ensuring that high quality clinical services are maintained in the management of patients with communicable diseases in Sierra Leone. He provides technical assistance and consultancy services for the National HIV, TB and Infection Prevention and Control Programmes.

Dr. Lakoh has the ability to initiate ideas. One of the numerous ideas he has initiated is the concept on the generation of the organic fertilizer using thousands of tons from organic waste.

He is a focused individual and has a strong drive towards providing jobs and improving the lives of people in communities. This is a major reason for his decision to enter into entrepreneurship. He believes that this will help the country in solving its numerous socioeconomic challenges.

Dr. Lakoh’s strength lies in his leadership qualities. He is very intelligent, hardworking, amiable, trustworthy, conscientious and highly resourceful with adequate motivation for entrepreneurship. Dr.Lakoh exhibits professionalism in his demeanor and exudes good communication and interpersonal skills, effectively relating with customers, colleagues, and investors. He is respectful, inquisitive, pays attention to details and eager to engage in the process of innovative investment.

His business is registered with nearly two years of operations. It has a land space of 2.5 acres, a shed and a farm house at Goodman Fakai, Off Newton, Western Rural under its One Health Services project. Supporting structures such as store, farm house, electricity and water generating services have been installed. It has a capable project management team. Presently we have 1,500 chicks in our farm, 7 goats, 1 sheep and two acres of vegetable farm.


What started as a passion for looking at different alternative solutions into ways in which we can transform our waste generated into better use , instead of just disposing of it anyhow more especially in the street  , has now been turned into a full time business, according to the founder and CEO of SHAE Recycling Mr. Emmanuel Mac- Boima.

The company which is a family run company started out in the early 2017, when Mr. Mac- Boima started doing research into what are the possibilities and the suitable waste recycling application that could be applied in the Sierra Leone Context.

Few months down the line SHAE Recycling Company Ltd was started with the core activity of doing garbage collection for both domestic (household) and commercial business houses, using the back yard of a residential house as it base of operation / office. Due to patience and perseverance the company is now planning to move into a new office space at No 7 Spur Road next to the Lebanese Embassy, with better working tools and a spacious operations works yard.

Furthermore the company which is now in collaboration with CCAYEN-SL Investment (Community Children and Youth Empowerment Network Sierra Leone Investment) which is based in Kenema and also involved in the waste recycling business, jointly have started experimenting and will begin mass production of the following recycled products using recycling applications, so please put in your order now as the first batch of our products will be ready shortly in the coming weeks;

Pavement Bricks – The recycling of waste plastic into pavement bricks that can be used in home construction, or the construction of the street sidewalks.

Converting Used Tires into Furniture’s; this could be used in our tourism sector to beautify our hotels and restaurants

Bio Charcoal and Eco Stove; This could also help in serving as an alternative way of cooking instead of using cooking gas , because this is a much cheaper option , it is odor less, smokeless, burns for long red hot and environmentally friendly.

For more information about our products and services, please feel free to contact us;

7 Spur Road, next to Lebanese Embassy

www.shaerecycling.sl / info@shaerecycling.sl

+23278 883 113 / +232 78 55 44 27 / +232 76 601 446