Business: Jua Kali Artisan.
Location: Kaloleni Center, Molo.
Years in Operation: 13 Years.
Amount needed: $150.
John Tai is passionate about seeing scrap metal turn into beautiful, usable items before his very eyes. He works on scrap metal hitting his way round it skillfully to form pieces that his customers demand. He is gifted enough to duplicate many designs that his customers present to him and on the rare occasions that he can’t make something, he is honest enough about it to his customers and makes the necessary adjustments upon consultation and to his customers’ liking. He makes a wide range of metal works , does bicycle and tire repairs as well as welding works.
He has created a name for himself in markets outside Molo town among them Kericho and Litein and many metal works shops, hard wares and customers who buy from his shop or bring in their items for repair in Molo town. He has created employment for two people and provides temporary employment to at least five people at any given time dependent on the amount of work to be done.
The father of five school going children is able to pay his children’s school fees as well as provide for all of his family’s needs through proceeds from his artistry. His first born son just graduated from high school and as he awaits to continue with his college education, he is putting his free time to proper use helping his father while learning the skill; an invaluable addition to his skill and experience set. When his father is away making deliveries, he helps to monitor operations at the shed.
John Tai has retained a sizeable clientele over the years mainly through customer satisfaction and his customers are his biggest marketing tool as his works speak for him. He is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to boost his business by purchasing more raw material stock to facilitate the making of new metal works stock.