Business: Cooking gas.
Location: Moto Center ,Molo.
Years in Operation: 5 Years.
Amount needed: $300
70% of Kenya’s population use wood and charcoal fuel for cooking causing indoor air pollution which largely contribute to the many deaths caused by respiratory diseases. This phenomenon mostly affect people living in the rural areas. However, many are gradually embracing clean energy especially Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG ). Many entrepreneurs in the rural areas are now focusing on LPG gas and cylinders business.
John Muigai is one such entrepreneur, he has been a cooking gas and empty LPG gas cylinders vendor for the last five years. His wife helps him to run the shop which they have now stocked with a few fast moving goods for sale. The father of three children; two school going is also actively involved in agribusiness to add onto his earnings. He rears livestock and also grows potatoes for sale.
Last year, Kenya subsidized importation of gas cylinders and rolled out a cooking gas program targeting mostly rural counties. This he says has gone a long way in boosting his trade. He only deals with renown brands to ensure safety and quality. Most of his buyers being largely new to this fuel has him advising the buyers on use and safety . He never forgets to advise new buyers on what to do if they smell a gas leak.
His friendliness and eagerness to help has earned him his customers’ loyalty. Moreover, his wife has been a very huge help bringing in more new customers through her women welfare groups and contacts through interactions in the villages for she is very social.
He is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to boost his empty LPG cylinders stock. With the funds, he will be able to satisfy the products’ growing demand in the market.