Business: Fruit vendor.
Location: Main Market, Molo.
Years in Operation:12 Years.
Amount needed: $300.
While most people were closing shop and many losing business due to the Covid -19 pandemic that was at its peak in the country mid this year, Emily Nasimiyu a hardworking and very passionate business lady was quick to find a silver lining amidst all the turbulence. Emily who on normal business days would be selling fruits especially oranges, mangoes and avocados on retail to customers decided to go big. She ventured into wholesale business selling to other market sellers and traders. What with many people demanding more fruits to boost their immunity.
She quickly sought her contacts in the neighbouring country, Uganda who guided her on how to purchase the fruits large scale across the border at favourable costs. She says it was a leap of faith when in the month of June, she decided to take the risk. To her delight, the fruits she imported sold out within the same week with no losses due to spoilage. You see at the time, most suppliers had sought larger markets out of Molo town and she was only too ready to fill the gap she says. Her over ten years in the business also worked to her advantage for she had ready customers who demanded what she supplied.
Moto Hope Micro Lending’s loans of $100 and later $150 went a long way in ensuring she had enough working capital to stay afloat. She even used what she had saved up for her children’s school fees as schools had closed with no sign of re-opening in sight at the time. This she says she did without fear as she was sure she would sell and quickly have the money back with profit. True to her faith, all went well.
Even as the corona virus infections curve in the country gradually flattens, she remains very optimistic as demand for fruits is still high and she now has very loyal customers who make orders prior to the arrival of her stock. She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to enable her to boost stock especially now that the phased reopening of schools seems to be inevitable. She plans to expand her business, purchase and sell more to raise her earnings, afford better education for her children while keeping them safe as well as providing them with all their basic needs.