Patrick Mweka is the owner of a multi faceted mini-supermarket in Makutano- Kitale.Makutano area of Kitale is gradually but surely embracing urbanization. Its larger population comprises of farmers whose lifestyles are changing due to their rising incomes. Business people are in turn taking the town to the village to maximize on these changes. It is in view of this that Mr. Mweka invested a starting capital of $20,000 in his mini-supermarket in the year 2006 and has operated it for the last twelve years.
He has in his employment six people who work with him. He sells a variety of food and household products on retail and wholesale basis. He also doubles up as a supplier to kiosks, restaurants and other small scale traders in Makutano. Moto Hope Micro-Lending loaned Patrick $5,000 to revamp his store and add onto his stock. He was able to increase his sales and profits due to his improved buying power which enabled him to buy at lower prices directly from manufacturers. He is also in a position to buy from large scale suppliers in Kitale town, key among them “Khetias Suppliers”.
Patrick has been able to retain his customers and win more because he consistently delivers a wide variety of high quality products. In addition to the goods he buys to sell, he makes doughnuts (popularly known as KDF) and supplies them to other traders on wholesale. Patrick and his employees personally deliver goods to their wholesale buyers using motorbikes and his personal car. He is also involved in agribusiness; hay farming. The earnings from his businesses enable him to sustain the needs of his wife and five school going children. He has plans to further expand his store and create employment for more people. He desires to continue journeying with Moto Hope Micro-lending to achieve his set goals and objectives.