Business: Second hand Clothes .
Location: Molo,Keringet & Londiani Market.
Years in Operation: 1 Year.
Amount needed: $100.
“Selling clothes at one point was not working for me. The competition was too stiff and I was too new. I wanted to take the risk with other markets and see how that would go.” says Lena in a tone so serious it is easy to tell just how much effort she puts into her trade. She started selling second hand clothes late last year(2017) when she learnt from a friend just how profitable the trade could be if practiced well.
The beginning was tough , she was new in the trade, and it was towards the festive season and the demand was high for clothes in the market but most customers were not eager to break the loyalty to their regular sellers. She however refused to give up and brought in better quality as well as learnt to serve and treat the customers well.
In January this year (2018) however, the demand for clothes was very low in Molo market as most parents were more concerned with school fees for the new school year as well as uniforms for their school going children. Lena decided to spread her risks, and venture into other markets and chose Keringet, Chepsion and Londiani in the outskirts of Molo.
Her flexibility has allowed her to maximize on sales as she ventures into the said markets on their set market days when human traffic into the markets is very high. She has now earned herself a name wherever she spreads out her wares and earned quite a sizeable customer base for herself.Her determination and hard work is definitely paying off.
She is seeking $100 from Moto Hope Micro-Lending which she will add onto her own savings to bring in trendier and better quality stock to sell this December (2018). She is very optimistic and her star will surely shine she says for she is now better at what she does. She foresees an expansion of her trade to stock more clothes and make more sales which will assure her improved earnings to be able to take better care of her family as well as pay for the school fees of her three school going children.