Business: Second hand clothes.
Location: Tayari Village, Molo.
Years in Operation: 2 Years.
Amount needed: $100.
Priscilla, a mother of five and dotting grandmother of two is venturing into a field most women her age would not easily consider doing. Despite being relatively advanced in age, she keeps herself busy at any given time and avoids idleness like a plague.
The small holder farmer of maize, potatoes and peas, as well as a few poultry is always on her feet walking house to house in Tayari village to sell second hand clothes. In other instances when she has to stay at home and take care of things, she spreads out her wares in front of her house for her customers to buy from home. Her regulars know this and are eager to be the buyers of the latest stock whenever she restocks.
Since she knows all her customers and where they live, she easily sells to them on credit and this has made her retain and get a sizeable customer base. She sells clothes for both children and adults especially trousers and warm wear to satisfy the warm clothing needs of her customers who live in the cold and rain prone Molo area. She is very jovial and pleasant and quite the talker for this she says is mandatory for her kind of trade.
Proceeds from her business combined with those she gets from selling some of her produce(for most of it is used for her family’s domestic consumption) is what enables her to provide for the daily needs of her family as well as pay for the education of her two children still in school.
She is seeking $100 to be able to bring in new stock and be in a better position to meet her customers’ demand. This she says will enable her to be competitive seeing as new trends, styles and quality have flooded the market and she has to stand out in order to retain her customers and improve her sales.