Business: Table and Seat Cloths Maker .
Location: Molo Main Market.
Years in Operation: 8Years.
Amount needed: $150.
Many homes in Kenya and especially rural Kenya fancy the old school table and seat cloths. So much so that one family will have a variety with all sort of creative embroidery and colors. In Molo, the business is booming especially for the creative entrepreneurs who specialize in selling quality and moving with the trend. Percilla is one such entrepreneur. For the last eight years, she has decorated homes with her embroidered pieces. Her clientele is largely comprised of women and she has made friends with them. So much so that she is aware of new furniture in their homes or a change of any. She keeps the measurements for those who don’t buy the standard sizes for she is sure they will return another time. She says so very confident in the work of her hands.
“It has been eight years of sharing my talent and gift with my customers and adding that much needed aesthetic value to their living rooms,” She says the new trend of seats that people have started to buy are a threat to her business for most do not need the type she makes at the moment. She however isn’t letting trends get in the way of her business and she is looking at stocking seat loose covers and throw pillow cases in future to be able to meet all of her customers’ changing needs. In the meantime however, she is focused on improving her skills and retaining her customers besides winning new ones.
She has two trainees at her shop whom she is gladly teaching the skill and trade. The two provide for her an extra income albeit relatively low. Proceeds from this shop are what enable her to pay for all the school fees of her two school going children as well as provide for her family’s upkeep. A friend of hers who is a beneficiary of Moto Hope Micro Lending heard her lamenting about how difficult it had been for her small business to get funding from many financial institutions and advised her to try Moto Hope Micro Lending.
She is seeking $150 from MHML to be able to buy fabric and add onto her stock so that she can comfortably meet all of her pending orders.