Arnest Mwangi believes he will continue to be in the Barber shop business for a long time;as long as his Molo clients continue to grow hair and desire to look trendy and presentable.
His barber shop is strategically located along the main Molo highway in Tayari sub-location. He has been cutting hair for close to ten years now and is not about to stop. Arnest’s customers love the fact that his shop is clean, safe and relaxing. Colorful posters with trendy cuts dot the walls of his shop and he proudly tells me he is capable of replicating the exact styles on his clients’ heads. His customers are the advertising tool he fully relies on to market him by their word of mouth along with the great haircuts they bear.
Moto Hope Micro-Lending loaned Arnest $100 to invest in more durable equipment for his shop, key among them being hair-clipper machines, chairs, towels and to improve his interior decor. There is a palpable touch of hygiene and appeal to his shop. He has ensured that his customers are safe from the risk of infections as all his equipment is now high quality and sterilized.
Arnest has familiarized himself with all standard styles as well as the latest trends and styles to cater for both young and older customers as well as with his individual customers’ tastes and preferences. Arnest has provided employment to one barber who he pays on commission basis. He makes at least $4 a day. Weekends and school holidays seasons are his best days for business, when he makes close to $8 a day.
Arnest was later(October 2017) loaned $400 which formed his starting capital in the livestock business in addition to his barber shop business. He now buys cattle and sells to slaughter houses and butchers at a profit. Arnest’s goal is to be able to buy land to build his own home and move his family of two children and one wife out of the rental house they currently live in. His wife is a tailor at Molo market and their combined earnings meet their current needs.