Business: MPESA Agency/Salon/ Shoes &Second Hand Clothes.
Location: Molo Town.
Years in Operation: 10 Years .
Amount needed: $300.
Marylin wears many hats. She is a master of spreading risk and making sure to take home something no matter the season. Her shop is divided into various sections from which she transacts the various businesses she engages in. The hind room hosts her salon in which she sells hair products as well. On one side shoes sit on shelves and on the counter top next to the shoes, second hand clothes are neatly laid. On the right side corner, there is an enclosed space that houses her mobile money transfer agency/MPESA. She is happy to show us everything she does for they are what enable her to provide for her family. Her two children are in high school now and the school charge exorbitant fees she says so she has to do her best. Her husband who also doubles up as her business partner helps her to take care of things at the shop.
Her very polite , friendly and pleasant nature is not lost on her customers. They chat with her animatedly as they each divert to whichever section they want to get served. She multitasks easily moving from one end to the other assisted by her employee an equally dedicated young lady. In addition, she has help from her daughters when schools break for the holidays as they are now. The gifted salonist has one student under her apprentice whom she intends to recruit once she has mastered the art for she loves her passion and dedication in the work.
The MPESA Agency compliments the shop really well for any other goods or services can be paid for through mobile money or through cash that customers withdraw from it. The fact that she runs different ventures also brings in many different customers allowing her to enjoy a large customer base. Besides the shop, she also engages in small scale farming for her own family’s consumption. The hard working mother and her husband have bought a plot of land and built their own home where the family lives. Her goal is to have her business scale so much so that she can improve her family’s living standards and create employment for more people even if just three.
She decided to engage in different businesses all under one roof she says because different products and services are on demand at different times of the year. This way she will always make sales no matter what season prevailed and be assured of earnings no matter how little.
She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to bring in more shoes and second hand clothes stock. As the school holiday break end next month, many parents will seek to replace worn out shoes for their children and this is the target market that she eyes. Warm wear is also still on high demand as this year’s long rains haven’t stopped and won’t any time soon. So the second hand clothes she intends to bring in will largely comprise of sweaters, jackets, mittens, scarves, trousers, sweatshirts and socks. She is optimistic and predicts improved sales in the coming months.