Location: Kaloleni, Molo.
Years in Operation: 7 Years.
Amount needed: $300
Stanlus’ workshop is littered with beautifully done pieces of furniture of wide varieties awaiting purchase by customers and some ready to be picked by their owners who had already placed their orders. The workshop is busy with his three employees working unperturbed by whatever else is going on around them in the busy Kaloleni area of Molo. He is very gifted in this art and takes full advantage of his talent and experience to make the best pieces he can.
His business has gained quite the market share in Molo, mostly through customer referrals. His honesty has also earned him loyal customers who he says he treats with utmost care and respect. He only displays furniture he himself and his employees make and this way is able to make exactly what is demanded unlike some shoddy carpenters who display pieces they buy and can’t make themselves hence end up with disappointed customers, he says.
Besides carpentry, Stanlus also engages in small holder farming getting sizeable yield every harvesting season. He grows potatoes and green peas and usually sells some of it while the remainder he takes home to be consumed by his family of three. Carpentry and small scale agribusiness enable him to cater for the needs of his family as well as pay for the education of his school going niece.
He is seeking $300 form Moto Hope Micro lending to be able to increase his timber stock. He buys it from reputable and legal saw milling dealers only and thus has to pay more for it. With the money, he will be able to increase the furniture out put and thus serve a larger market. He is targeting buyers from the towns bordering Molo who like to buy ready made furniture due to the challenge of proximity. He is optimistic about the growth of his craft and trade.