Business: Handmade beads bags
Location: Molo, Kiamba Village
Years in Operation: 5 Years
Amount needed: $300
Anne Muiruri Murugi is a very jovial and vibrant lady in her 60s with a new found passion that adds joy to her life. She has been hand making beautiful handmade beaded bags, pouches, coin purses and beaded jewellery pieces. She is meticulous and very swift in her beading and very innovative to meet the trends in the market. She learnt the art five years ago from a friend she paid $30 and took about eight hours to master it and turn it into a trade.
Anne has trained seven other women since the beginning of the year in her village. She has empowered them to be able to sustain themselves with this life skill and derives a lot of satisfaction from impacting the lives of these women who she views as her own daughters. She has also managed to garner for her trade a sizeable clientele of teachers, market traders and the women around Kiamba and Molo who get referred by her clients. Her bags speak for her she says.
She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro-Lending to be able to meet her planned mass production of May 2018. She has a huge order (100 bags) from the Rift Valley region of Kenya to supply bags to a women welfare group; Kongoi Mothers in Kaplong’. She has in the past sent her daughter to do the beads purchase and send to her by courier services. She would like to travel to Nairobi to the beads market herself so she can chose the quality, texture, style and colors of the beads she needs. She also desires to buy the fabrics for the baskets’ lining and handles from Nairobi where they are relatively cheaper than in Nakuru/Molo.
After delivering her orders, Anne is optimistic that her business will be able to sustain itself. She is a grandmother and a mother of five grown children. She says she does not want to be a burden to her children and being busy with her handiwork is the life she knows now. The cost of making a bag is $9 and the selling price is $17. Besides her bead work, she is also a small holder farmer of Irish potatoes, peas and maize. She also sells goat milk at $0.75 a litre. She has found herself she says.