Business: Food Kiosk.
Location: Mtoni Polisi, Molo.
Years in Operation: 2 Years.
Amount needed: $150.
Josephine’s food kiosk is loved by many who work or run businesses around Mtoni Polisi area of Molo town for they love the delicacies made and sold there in. She has employed two young people, male and female to help her with cooking and serving clients. The food kiosk offers simple and very affordable breakfast lunch and dinner meals to customers who come to have them in the kiosk. In addition, she also makes deliveries to other customers’ places of work as well as businesses. This ensures that all customers are in turn served. She has trained her two employees in proper customer care skills and the establishment is immaculately clean which works to their advantage as nobody wants to eat at a place that ignores basic standards of hygiene and sanitation.
Besides the food kiosk, Josephine also engages in small scale farming once in a while growing potatoes for her family’s consumption and other times when the harvest is in surplus she makes sales in Molo market. She also finds food preparation and catering work at social events across Molo as well as in institutions. Before the covid-19 pandemic struck the country, she was also engaged in preparing meals for students at a technical college earning herself some more income. This however stopped when all learning institutions in the country were closed in March to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
She is still focused on scaling her business to be able to provide for her family’s basic needs as well as pay for the education of her two school going children when schools re-open. Josephine is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to purchase additional stock of dry foods and cereals in bulk. By making the purchases from wholesalers she will afford better quality and quantities which will in turn provide her business with the stock she needs to make all the delicacies her customers love and demand. Her business’ mode of operation has now changed since the pandemic and most of the meals are sold on take out basis so as to avoid unnecessary gatherings while maintaining the all essential social distance.