Business: Jiko (Cooking stove) Making.
Location: Kaloleni Center, Molo.
Years in Operation: 30 Years.
Amount needed: $250.
When I get to Abwire’s business premise, he is just about to leave for another market. A public service vehicle (matatu) is right before the jiko maker’s shop ready to leave with about 50 jikos neatly and carefully packed inside so as to arrive their designated market in perfect state. Abwire is well known in Kaloleni center for he is a very gifted craftsman whose jikos have won him much praise. He has been in the business for over 30 years now and it is practically his life and source of his family’s livelihood.
He has created employment for two young men whom he personally trained the skill before employing and together they are able to meet the orders that they get from their buyers in various markets within and without Molo town; Molo, Elburgon, Olenguruone, Mukinya, and Mau Summit markets. The hard working father of four school going children has over the years ensured that his craft brings in money to pay for his children’s school fees as well as provide for his whole family’s needs.
Proceeds from the business also enabled him to buy a plot of land and build a house that houses his family as well as set up a small fruit selling business for his wife. The small business enables his wife to cater for the groceries in the home apart from giving her something to do besides taking care of the family while he on the other hand is able to take care of all other expenses and needs.
The Ceramic Jiko, that Abwire has perfected the art of making , is a cooking stove which uses charcoal as fuel. It is made from a metal exterior, with a ceramic internal liner. Abwire is seeking $250 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to be able to purchase clay to make the ceramic and sheet metal for making the exterior of the jikos. He has an urgent order of 100 such jikos but is not liquid enough to bring in enough of the raw material stock for the jikos. The success of this project will enable him to win over this new client which will assure him of future business dealings.