Kennedy Arum Ochieng’ 4/18

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Business: Tailoring
Location: Molo Market
Years in Operation: 1 Year
Amount needed: $100

Kennedy Arum is a man of dreams and aspirations stitching his way towards economic empowerment. He ventured into tailoring in the year 2017 learning on the job at his friend’s shop in Molo market. He did the easier duties mostly repairing torn and worn out clothes that clients brought in. His desire for progress and self improvement pushed him to learn the tailoring skill. He is a faster learner he says, and in no time, he could make a dress from scratch. He is passionate and gifted and these two combined enabled him to open his own shop a few months later.

The husband of one and father of two set his shop in Molo market to target the second hand clothes sellers who repair/ make alterations to the clothes they sell. His other clients are the people who frequent the market on the set market days and the people who reside in the market environs. He is seeking $100 from MHML to expand his business.

He would like to increase the stock of fabric (from Kisumu and Busia Kenya) in his shop to give his customers quality variety to chose from. These way, he will be able to attract more customers and retain his already existing ones, due to the convenience of the availability of fabric and dress making in one shop. His shop has two sewing machines and he intends to maximize the use of both by bringing another tailor on board, thus creating employment.

His goal is to be a household name in Molo town and be in a position to impart the skill in the youth who are passionate about tailoring but have no means to see them through the existing Youth Polytechnics that offer them at higher costs. He will in this way increase his earnings through their subsidized training fee and the increased labor that they will offer as they practice to gain on hand experience.

His business enables him to cater for his $35 monthly house rent, his two children’s school fees as well as his family’s upkeep!

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