Makutano Polytechnic in Cherengany region of Kitale was a beehive of activity on the 17th day of March, 2018 as our beneficiaries and members gathered for the Business and Farmers’ training.
From as early as 8.00am, farmers and business people of the wider Kitale and its environs started to stream in, in their numbers to attend the one day free of charge training. The hall was filled to capacity and when the attendees craned their necks to look around, we were amazed to realize that they weren’t curious to see the Moto Hope Micro-Lending team, but to check on who of their colleagues hadn’t arrived. None wanted the other to miss out and the training was very animated and served its purpose excellently.
They were trained by Mr. Ian Magara ( a Risk and Compliance officer, Moto Hope Micro-Lending), Mr. Okumu (an Agricultural Extension Officer in Trans-Nzoia County) and Mr. Peter Njoroge (a financial and marketing consultant and Moto Hope Micro-Lending’s product developer). They also had their questions answered and clarifications made by Moto Hope Micro-Lending’s CEO, Mr. Vincent Njuguna Kiarie. For the first time since MHML’s inception the Kitale beneficiaries interacted with the whole MHML team; Vincent Njuguna Kiarie, Ian Magara, Peter Njoroge, Damacklyne Wangis, Verarita Wananyanga, Ruth Waithera and Dishon Mang’ara.
Mr. Ian covered the basic aspects of successful entrepreneurship with special emphasis on record keeping and optimal use of resources. Mr. Okumu covered the broader scope of agribusiness with a bias for healthy agribusiness behavior, diversification and flexibility of farming practices, maximization in the utilization of factors of production(land, labor, capital, entrepreneurship) in order to have better, improved and optimal rewards.
He challenged them to step out of their comfort zones and venture in the high risk agricultural practices which when carefully carried out, bear the highest profits. Mr. Peter Njoroge, specialized in Savings; inculcating and fostering a savings culture among our members and beneficiaries. He engaged a different angle, baring the practices of the rich in contrast to those of the poor (middle class and poor combined) with regard to use of money.
There was very active participation and contributions from the attendees who couldn’t hide the gratitude for the wealth of knowledge they were receiving. At the end of the day, those in attendance who weren’t already members of Moto Hope SACCO were eager to register and commence saving.
Mr Peter had clearly outlined to them the benefits of fully embracing a savings culture. It is their own savings that will further translate to investments to improve their lives.
We serve a very happy clientele. The joy and gratitude displayed on this day was palpable. Testimonies poured from one corner to another of the impact MHML has had on lives, communities, businesses and many other ventures. We at MHML feel encouraged and are very proud to be associated with their successes. We continue to meet them halfway by empowering them through their impactful ventures.