Business: Motor Cycle Spare Parts.
Location: Molo Town.
Years in Operation: 12 Years.
Amount needed: $300.
Many Kenyans heavily depend on motorbike taxis popularly known as bodabodas for transport especially to short destinations. This phenomenon has created job opportunities for many unemployed youths as commercial riders and led to the opening up of new business opportunities in motor cycle spare parts outlets. Molo town just like many other towns and cities has a huge number of riders plying their trade as commercial transport operators. Martha has been in the motor cycle spare parts business for the last twelve years. This is what has enabled her to see her daughter through Primary and High school and she is sure it will see her through college.
Martha has made sure to learn about the parts that regularly need servicing or change and only stocks her shop with spares suitable for the particular types and brands of bikes favored and used by Molo’s bodabodas. In addition, her shop is strategically located near motorbike service garages. She stocks parts that have quick turn over and are constantly in use such as tubes, lights, brake pads, side mirrors,tires and shock-absorbers. She has maintained her customers because she sells top quality parts which despite being pricey have customers coming back. She also focuses on offering best prices and prompt delivery service.
She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to boost the stock at her shop to meet the increased demand of the items this festive season when most people are home for the Christmas festivities and demand for bodaboda transportation is on a rise leading the commercial riders to want their motorbikes to be in the best state.