Business: Whole Grain Cereals Trader
Location: Molo Market
Years in Operation: 18 Years
Amount Needed: $100
Risper Angira Jason has been a trader in Molo market for the last eighteen years. She started off trading in groceries. As time went by however, she realized she was making high losses and the business couldn’t meet its own expenses. Her major problem was the perishability of her goods, especially vegetables and tomatoes. She thus mitigated the situation by shifting to the cereals business. She has never looked back.
She commands a sizeable customer base in Molo market and its environs. She gets orders from as far as Nairobi and makes use of courier services to deliver the cereals and mobile money transfer services to receive payments for them. She says for as long as she stores them properly, she never has to worry about loss due to deterioration of grain quality.
She is seeking a $100 loan to be able to increase her cereal stock. Risper says her customers can’t buy anywhere else. “Even when I have traveled to go and buy my stock, they call to place orders or wait until I have returned so they can buy from me.” Her customers come back because she properly conditions the grains to preserve quality. In a addition to her whole grain cereal trade, she also sells plastic household items and soap.
She is a very pleasant person and she does not stop smiling as she tells me how she is fully dependent on her business to raise and educate her four children. She has been a widow for the last eight years. She solely caters for their school fees and basic needs from the earnings of her trades.