Business: Second Hand Warm Wear.
Location: Molo Town.
Years in Operation: 2 Years .
Amount needed: $150.
When she started out two years ago, Mary Mumbi sat on the veranda in front of a huge room which despite having no occupant at the time, she couldn’t afford the rent. In addition, it seemed too big a room for her little business. So every day, she neatly lay her second hand warm wear on a sack down on the verandah, made herself comfortable on a plastic chair and waited. She is very motherly and she quickly attracted a wide range of customers, mostly young people to her business. She quickly learned the tastes and preferences of her customers and decided to do all she could to make sure to meet their demand.
Today, she is no longer just on the verandah, She moved into the once too big a room and now has warm wear filling up all the walls and space as well as wooden stands out on the verandah. She has stocked sweaters, trench coats, hoodies, blazers, pullovers and scarves of such a wide variety she can basically meet the taste of everyone who walks into her shop. She has been quick to study the trends both in Molo from her customers and across the country from her suppliers and is happy to bring in styles most of her business rivals know nothing about. ‘Mama’ as her younger customers fondly call her is happy that she is now standing on stable ground business wise.
She has different suppliers both in Molo town, Nakuru town and Nairobi’s Gikomba market. This way, she can access a wide variety of styles and qualities to choose from. She is also able to compare the different price offers from the different suppliers so as to enjoy the best prices which she gladly passes down to her clients. This business is going a long way in keeping her four children in school and providing for their needs. She is very organized and does everything herself giving utmost attention and care to every customer who walks into the shop. She has a sewing machine on standby to make any repairs or alterations to the warm wear as the clients may demand at any given time.
She is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to bring in more new stock to her shop. With the new stock she says her shop will get the much needed traffic which she needs to be able to clear the slow moving stock currently in her shop. When she mixes up the wears from old and new stock she says even what was not getting any attention suddenly looks just as good in her customers’ eyes.