Business: Jua Kali Artisan.
Location: Kaloleni Center, Molo.
Years in Operation: 17 Years.
Amount needed: $150.
Kenya’s booming informal sector has attracted a myriad entrepreneurs comprising of small-scale traders and craftspeople, popularly known as the Jua Kali sector. “Jua Kali” (“in the hot sun”) is a name coined from the fact that they work by the roadside, sometimes with shelter(small roadside kiosks), sometimes not, making many metal wares mostly from scrap metal.In this way, many young people both male and female have secured employment and some, self employment and earn a living through their craft.
Stephen Makumi is one such artisan. For the last seventeen years, Stephen has practiced his artistry making many farm and furniture items for his customers. His creativity endows him with the ability to duplicate many designs and make a wide variety of both household and outdoor metal ware.
Many hard-ware shops in Molo stock his products and he also ventures in markets in the outskirts of Molo town. His creativity, diligence and honesty are what keeps the customers coming back, he says. He tries his best to produce works that his customers demand and is very honest with them. He allows his most regular buyers to purchase on credit and this assures him of their loyalty.
His juakali business has created employment for two young men who through their craft are also able to provide for their own families. Proceeds from this business enable Stephen to cater for the needs of his four sons and wife as well as pay for the school fees of his two school going children. He has also been able to put up a small scale tailoring shop for his wife who is a very skilled and gifted dress maker.
He is seeking $150 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to enable him purchase enough raw material for the orders at hand.With the money, he will purchase the required stock of metal for his farm ware orders that have gone up since the planting season in early April due to the start of the long rains period.