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Decorative and secure, iron opens gateway to success for local entrepreneur

Be it balustrades, railings, fencing, gates or burglary-prevention bars, home owners in the capital and beyond are looking increasingly to the imposing strength and sol idity of iron.

Should you have new house and looking for installation of balustrade, railings, iron bars wall, iron-gate, sliding or hinged gates, burglar bars and other iron items related household decoration, a gr owing bevy of tradesmen like Mr Yongthong Ketthala is ready to help.

Metal worker Mr Yongthong Ketthala.

As the Lao economy grows, more people are putting time and effort into de corating their homes with both aesthetics and household safety in mind.

For such reasons, iron work is one of many potential areas for entrepreneurs.

One such example is the privately held Ketthala Aluminum Shop, whose owner Mr Yongthong who today earns between 30 - 35 million kip per month from its iron decoration business.

As the shop has more orders from customers, it creates more income for 10 workers who earn about 2-2.5 million kip each depending on their skills.

Over 18 years in business Mr Yongthong has observed the market improving.

Now his products are popular among customers throughout the country.

Even though the shop's iron work is already well-liked among the public, he continues to improve the quality of products, including new designs to match with market demand.

Today, the shop can produce remote-control gates allowing home owners to open enter or depart their property without exiting their vehicle.

Already popular in neighbouring countries and further abroad, this is the first time for such a product to be available made here in Laos.

Investing time and effort into improving not only products but also the capacity of workers has paid dividends.

With business expanding at a steady click, Mr Yongthong is pleased to share his path to this point.

Originally, he did not have any experience in construction work or welding.

In fact, he undertook studies in forestry in Germany, graduating in 1993.

While he was waiting for the right job, he tried to assist and work with his grandfather at a construction company.

While this work was quite different from the knowledge that he had learned in Germany, he was drawn to understand more.

He worked there from 1994-1999, developing skills gained including construction from cement and brick, structural and roofing methods as well as burglar-prevention bars.

Working for five years was enough for him to know how to tackle this work.

Subsequently, he had an idea to open his own business.

Establishing his own shop at Thatluang-tay village, Xaysettha district in 1999 with five staff, he worked with them and learned through experience, including by closely studying demands of customers.

He learnt that every business needs to match closely with market demand.

In addition, it is necessary to integrate well with the international market.

Importantly, it needs to have hardworking and highest quality efforts to achieve the set target.

Despite the difference between his field of study and subsequent work, Mr Yongthong remains a strong believer in exploring one's own interests before settling on a successful career.

He said with the right means one can achieve anything if a great effort is put into it.

“Most of all, make sure that you love the work that you are doing,” he said.



By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 25, 2017)


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