The hardworking women of Molo of all social and economic classes go out of their way to enhance the way they look, feel and smell. The cosmetics business is thus a very lucrative one and this was not lost on Mary Mukui when she set shop to fill the market gap in her location. Her shop is located a few miles past the Keep Left bus park in Molo Town on a block that hosts no other such shop. There are a few hair salons around her shop and she serves the larger keep left clientele.
She has been in operation for just a year and is amazed at the progress she has so far made. Moto Hope Micro-Lending loaned her $120 to increase the stock in her shop and variety of cosmetic products. She was able to purchase hair care products: shampoos, pomade, hair gels, conditioners, coloring and dyes and hair extensions: weaves, wigs, braids, all in larger quantities. This enabled her to enjoy better prices due to the discounts she got from bulk buying as well as the benefits of purchasing from the main suppliers of these products.
The profits she got after the said boost from MHML, have enabled her to spread her risks and provide more products to her young and fashion conscious “middle class” (those who spend $2-$20 a day) customers. Her shop now sells, skin care products: body lotions, skin moisturizers and facial products, Make-up, personal care products and toiletries as well as fragrances and beaded jeweler. These way, she has attracted more clients especially the women both employed and self employed who have more spending power.
It is thanks to the good performance of her business she says that she has regained her self esteem and gained economic independence. The mother of two young school going children derives pride in the fact that she no longer solely depend on the earnings of her husband; a police officer to take care of her family’s needs. “I use myself as evidence when advising my daughter to work hard in school,” she quips. We are happy to be associated with her success and progress.