Business: Retail Kiosk.
Location: Casino center, Molo.
Years in Operation: 2 Years.
Amount needed: $200.
Before she set shop at Casino center in Molo, Catherine was a very committed second hand clothes dealer, with a desire to maximize sales for high profits. She sold the clothes outside Molo town (Keringet, Olenguruone, Elburgon and Total) on the said markets’ market days to capitalize on the huge human traffic that is the norm then.
She would get home so late in the night due to the challenging means of transportation that had her arrive home way after the children were asleep. She had very little time with them and this did not sit well with her. It was also very hectic and the fact that it was seasonal with the peak period being from October to December, meant she could hardly have enough the rest of the year, living hand to mouth.
She opened the retail kiosk two years ago and has no regrets doing so. She sells fast moving goods which she is sure to make sales daily and at the same time be available to her children. In the evenings, Catherine makes french fries behind her kiosk which she sells alongside her other goods.
She has slowly earned the loyalty of the dwellers of Casino center a very populated informal settlement in the outskirts of Molo town. The French fries have earned her daily clients who come to her kiosk as soon as she starts making them. For they are properly fried, clean and affordable, she says. Unlike the second hand clothes that were seasonal, she is very happy she quips, that hunger is not seasonal and people will always demand food.
She is seeking $200 from Moto Hope Micro lending to be able to purchase more stock for her shop. She aims to expand her business, both the kiosk and the french fries by purchasing more fast moving goods stock and more potatoes to serve the high demands she is currently facing especially for the french fries. The proceeds from her business enable her to pay the school fees of her four children as well as cater for all their needs for she is a single mother.