Business: Agribusiness and Butchery.
Location: Makutano, Kitale.
Years in Operation: 10 Years.
Amount needed: $100.
Timothy Gitau Kariuki is a hardworking father of four who has tried his hand on many trades to be able to provide for his whole family and improve their living standards. He has run his butchery for the last ten years selling mutton to the residents of Kitale’s Makutano village.
His customers acclaim his good quality cuts of meat, the high standards of hygiene upheld at his facility and how friendly and kind he is to the people he serves. He has created employment for one person in his butchery business. In a day he sells at least 25kgs a day at a cost of $4.5 per kg.
Each maize planting season, Timothy uses five acres of leased land to grow maize from which he harvest at least 20 bags per acre. He creates employment for about ten casual laborers who work on the farm during the planting and harvesting periods. Upon harvest, he also buys from small holder maize farmers and combines with his own harvest which he treats and stores appropriately until the prices are favorable to make profitable sales.
Besides the maize farming, he is also a small holder dairy farmer and keeps one dairy cow on his one acre piece of land. Most of the milk however is used for his family’s domestic consumption.
He is seeking $400 from Moto Hope Micro-Lending to be able to pay for the land he will be leasing in the next season. He intends to do so during this harvesting period before the prices hike in the peak planting season at the beginning of the year(2019). This way he is assured of retaining the fertile piece of land he has used this year for another bounty harvest and enjoying cheaper prices which will improve his earnings.