Business: New Shoes & Bags Shop.
Location: Main market, Molo.
Years in Operation: 10 Years.
Amount needed: $250.
Lucy Wanja and her husband have a formidable partnership selling new shoes and bags. While Lucy operates the shop in Molo town, her husband’s business is mobile. He sells in markets outside Molo on their market days. The markets include among others; Londiani, Keringet and Olenguruone where the couple’s business has created a name for itself.
In Molo town, Lucy calmly sits at her shop’s door playing animatedly with her grandson. The child’s mother is at school like her other two siblings. Taking care of the grandchild has allowed her daughter to go back to school to complete her high school studies . She is a believer in education and focused on providing the school fees of her children from the proceeds of her business.
Her shop has specialized on selling new shoes and bags mostly for school going children. In addition, she has developed a close relationship with her customers, mostly parents with school going children to whom she sells her wares. Moreover, she follows up on the state of the bought items and urges her buyers to replace them with new ones when their wear and tear is irreparable. Her customers love her style of doing business.
Besides the shop, Lucy and her husband practice farming, growing maize, peas and potatoes for sale as well as their family’s domestic consumption. Proceeds from both ventures are what have enabled them to buy land, build their home, invest in their children’s education as well as cater for all of their basic needs. They are focused on growing the business and expanding it to wholesale status.
Moto Hope Micro Lending’s low interest rate was the major attraction for Lucy. She is seeking $250 to purchase more stock to meet the increased demand in the second school term of the year.