Business: Electrical shop & MPESA Agency.
Location: Keep-Left Bus Park, Molo.
Years in Operation: 5 Years.
Amount needed: $300.
Tabitha is very passionate about anything to do with electricity.She has gone ahead to acquire the necessary skill set needed in dealing with the basic electricals and electronics that her retail shop deals in. She started small, five years ago setting shop in the densely populated Keep-Left bus park area of Molo town and has not looked back since as the shop is gradually scaling with each passing season just like she envisioned.
Even in the worst hit months of the covid-19 pandemic, Tabitha did not close shop but used the tough economic time to change tact to reach more customers and provide what was needed. Besides selling on credit to loyal and credit worthy customers, she engaged the services of a motorbike taxi operator popularly known as bodaboda to make home deliveries just so she could retain her customers.
Tabitha’s retail shop stocks the most basic electrical items that are always on high demand among them; wiring cables, sockets, extensions, bulbs, and also a few electronics like affordable mobile phones and mobile phone accessories.The continuous developments in technology has given rise to the emergence of many electronics companies which create a variety of products and Tabitha makes sure to stock up on the most demanded varieties while providing her customers a wide range to choose from. Her long term plan is to expand so as to be able to stock bigger and more expensive stuff even as she continues to take one step at a time putting in the work and dedication to satisfy her customers.
Tabitha also provides mobile money transfer services through her MPESA Agency; a business that has really thrived with the reduced cash transactions during the covid-19 pandemic. The two businesses complement each other as her customers are able to make payments via the money transfer agency.The mother of two school going children is able to eke a living from the business and also pay for her children’s education. She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to add onto the stock of electricals whose demand has shot up in the recent weeks. The funds will enable her to meet this risen demand and improve sales.