Emily Gathigia. 2/20.

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Business: Boutique.
Location: Keep-Left, Molo.
Years in Operation: 3 Years.
Amount needed: $700.

Emily Gathigia does not shy from acknowledging Moto hope Micro Lending’s impact on her business. Since setting up the boutique, she has received three different business loans ($200, $300 and $500) at times when her business needed them the most. She has been able to grow her business and her market share has improved tremendously evidenced by the increase in the money she borrows time after another. She does not borrow from any other Micro Finance since engaging Moto Hope for the low interest rates and flexible repayment terms enable her business to continue unrestrained.

To optimize all the resources at the business while putting her gift and skills in good use, Emily has gone into full mode tailoring. She has started stocking fabric mostly a wide variety of Ankara and cotton fabric for her customers to pick from and task her with making the dresses for them. She previously only used the sewing machine in the shop to make repairs and alterations to the clothes she sold if customers required her to do so. Now, it is in full use and she is becoming better at making different kinds of dresses for her female clientele who prefer tailor made dresses to the ready made ones that she stocks. She has also encouraged the rest to mix up their wardrobe with both her ready made and tailor made wears and she is happy that her efforts are gradually bearing fruit.

Emily is seeking $700 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to boost her boutique stock. With the money, she will be able to travel to Nairobi’s Eastleigh market to purchase stock of clothes for men, women and children as well as a variety of Ankara fabric to make clothes and also sell to those who prefer to buy just the fabric. Business wasn’t as booming as she had anticipated in the past month of December she says but things are looking up now with many people demanding new clothes having successfully seen off their children to school for the new school year already. She herself has just had her first born daughter admitted to her first year of high school and her youngest start preschool meaning her school fees needs have in turn gone up. The success of her business is paramount in ensuring that she provides for not only the children’s school fees needs but also their basic needs as she is their sole bread winner.

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