Sourcing School Supplies For Our Yearly (2016) Donation
To kick off Lagoshats’ annual donation for this year, we went to Dosumu market to source school supplies and stationery to donate to our school of choice – St. Jude’s School in Ebute Metta.
At Lagoshats, our mission is to make products that represent Lagos. The yearly proceeds from the sales of our products go towards supporting the public education system. We use the proceeds to purchase school supplies that are donated to a public primary school in Lagos.
We first went into a certain bookstore, and their customer service was horrible. They are apparently the largest distributors of books in the market, so they can afford to lose customers.
After being treated poorly, we went to the store across after spotting some rulers and pencils.
The owner of the store took his time with us and we ended up buying most of the stationery at his store.
They had pencils, markers, sharpeners, mathematical sets, erasers, rulers and all sorts of stationery. For the products that they didn’t have, they would get them from other stores.
“Business is all relationship”
We really enjoyed the service that Mr. Okezie provided.
While discussing how impressed we were with his customer service, Mr. Okezie gave us a hint of his business philosophy “Business is all relationship”. We really liked that.
Most of the stationery available were made in China and India. There were some products made in Nigeria, including some notebooks and packs of biro (pens).
We sourced all the school supplies for our donation at this store except for the notebooks. Mr. Okezie recommended that we go to Shomolu to get customized notebooks – made to custom order.
After completing our purchase at Dosumu, we stopped at a print shop in Shomolu to order customized notebooks for the St. Jude’s donation. The books were delivered a week after placing the order and the end results look good.
We are really content with all that we ordered and are really happy that we get to donate yet again to St. Jude’s in Lagos.
After procuring all the school supplies, we had to visit SUBEB (State Universal Basic Education Board) to get the official permission to donate to a public school in Lagos State.