Business:Indigenous Vegetables Vendor.
Location: Posta Market ,Molo.
Years in Operation: 19 Years.
Amount needed: $150.
Among the most lucrative vegetable businesses in the country is the indigenous vegetables business. In the cities as well as in major town centers the vegetables sell like hot cake and the sellers enjoy high profits especially in the dry season. This is the trade that has kept Alice in business for the last nineteen years. All of her children have gone through school with the proceeds of the business paying their fees. At the moment, she has one in college for whom she is working hard to meet the school fees and up keep needs.
Alice sells cow peas, African nightshade (managu), Spider plant (saga) and pumpkin leaves in Molo’s Posta market. Many of her buyers are regular customers and she can count on going home with an empty sack every evening. During the day, Alice tends to her vegetable farm and other chores at home and only goes to the market later in the day. All of her customers know this as Posta’s indigenous vegetables market is also known to open later in the day.
Alice is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to hire more farm land. On this land she intends to grow maize for her domestic consumption and indigenous vegetables for sale. Many times she has had to buy the vegetables from other farmers when her own farm wouldn’t provide adequate quantities. Unlike other contemporary vegetables like kale, cabbage, tomatoes and onions which require a lot of resources and expertise to produce, she says indigenous crops are cost effective and require less expertise to grow. Her experience tending to them despite on small scale has given her the courage to go bigger.