Business: Vegetables vendor.
Location: Main market, Molo.
Years in Operation: 7 Years.
Amount needed: $150.
Monica Wanjiru is a very calm and collected lady who quietly sits at her stall smiling briefly to welcome her customers then goes ahead and carefully selects as advised by the customer. She weighs the cabbages that she sells one in each hand before settling on which to hand to her buyer. It is not a hard task selecting which head of cabbage any given customer will like for she buys only fresh produce directly from renown large scale cabbage farmers in Molo.
The single mother of two school going children has been in the business for the last seven years and is glad and grateful that despite the normal business challenges that she faces once in a while, she is able to adequately provide for her family of three. She is able to pay her house rent, bills and expenses as well as pay school fees for her two school going children. Her youngest child graduated to upper primary school this year and she has to ensure that her business thrives and scales to afford both children’s school fees.Monica also engages in small scale subsistence farming growing maize, potatoes and vegetables for her own family’s consumption.
She is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro lending to buy more stock; cabbages. With the funds she will be in a position to satisfy all of her customers’ demand who buy both on retail and wholesale basis. The wholesale buyers are other market traders who buy to sell in Molo’s main market as well as neighboring town centers. She is very optimistic about the future of her venture.