3 koko cookers and pressure cooker for my business

Graceann Kimaru

Nairobi, Kenya

100% repaid



Graceann Kimaru

Member since

January 2017

On-time repayments

195 installments  •  89%

About Me

I am a first born in a family of seven children. Being a first born from a humble family, I had the responsibility of looking after my siblings as my parents went to work in coffee farms. I missed school my times to take care of house chores and lack of school fees.
To support my siblings and pay my school fees, I started selling green vegetables, making baskets and cooking chapatis for sale. I spent any free time during the day and evenings to study and I managed to do well in my studies both in primary and proceeded to secondary school and passed well. Through the businesses I was doing, I managed to take a course in dress making which helped to get a casual job in a dress making shop. From my wages, I saved money to start a food kiosk. Earnings from this kiosk has helped raise my three children, two boys and one girl.

My Business

I run a food kiosk where I sell foodstuffs such as madodo, mandathi, chapati, tea , githeri at mikimo to bodaboda operators, hawkers and workers at construction sites. There are a lot of people who are constructing new buildings as well as renovating old buildings thus employing a large number of casual labourers whom are my customers and I will be providing their meals like breakfast, lunch and 4 o'clock tea. I choose this business out of interest in cooking and providing services to people. Slot of expenses are on ingredients such as maize, beans, wheat flour, sugar, milk, potatoes, water, electricity, charcoal and house rent. My production and marketing cost is currently 65% of total sales and profits is 35%. I reinvest 60% of profit , 20% of profit goes to paying school fees and the other 20% goes to home improvement.

Loan Proposal

I intend to buy 3 Koko cookers and one pressure cooker for food kiosk. This is enable me reduce the cost of cooking. It will further enable me prepare a variety of foods at the right time to meet my customers taste and quality.





  • Mary    Apr 26, 2017

    Wonderful Borrower. I would gladly help fund another loan for Graceann!!

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Aug 3, 2021

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

3 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $8.80




South Strafford, United States


Shawn H

United States

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Apr 19, 2023

    The business is low. This is as a result of heavy rains reducing customer flow accompanied by delays in salary payment for majority of my customers.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Mar 30, 2023

    Still recovering and struggling with setting up the new section of my business. Hope to stablise in may be two weeks time.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Mar 21, 2023

    Have been unwell and have not been able to set up the new business yet

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Mar 3, 2023

    Thank all zidisha members who funded my current project. I have received 36,744/. This will enable me buy a washing machine for business diversification.
    Thank you for the continued support

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Feb 25, 2023

    Thank you for funding my project to buy a commercial laundry machine. This will go along way in helping me diversify my previous business by adding the cloth washing component. As a result, this will lead to higher profits and better life for me and family
    Thank you for your continued support.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Feb 13, 2023

    Thank you all for funding my previous projects. The immediate project has improved the standards of my food kiosk business and also my personal life in great way.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Feb 12, 2023

    Thank you for funding my just
    previous project. The project has gone a long way in helping me meeting my bills and raise the standards of my business and family my life too.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Jan 29, 2023

    Business going down due to economic depression and children going back to school leaving people with little disposable income.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Jan 8, 2023

    Unable to pay due to low business at the moment leading to very low sales and stock turnover. Most people are still away since schools are not yet opened.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Dec 13, 2022

    I am unable to pay because of low profits from my business. Many of my customers have travelled for Christmas holidays thus low sales.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Nov 21, 2022

    I am experiencing slow business as a result of reduced customers.
    There has been a drastic change in customer purchasing power leading to low demand.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Nov 6, 2022

    Challenges in my business at the moment. Due to the hard economic times, customers are buying less amounts leading to lower sales and hence less profit

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Oct 16, 2022

    Have been unwell and therefore not operating my business.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Sep 15, 2022

    Thank you all of you for funding my project. This is will go along way to improve my business profits. I will buy a variety of Cereals in large quantities from wholesalers. This will increase my profit margin.

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  • Duncan Muya    Sep 12, 2022

    All the best.

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  • Josphat Karani    Sep 6, 2022

    God luck

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Sep 1, 2022

    Thank you all who funded my previous loans. The last loan helped me improve my food business alot. I was able to remain afloat amidst uncertainty due to national elections going on in my country. I was able to also continue paying my bills on time and with no stress

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Aug 19, 2022

    Slow down in business due election fever. I have experienced a decline in sakes due customer migration to rural areas but hopeful of resumption in normal operations as election issues as sorted out.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Aug 7, 2022

    Low business due to elections anxiety. Most people have travelled to their rural homes and the remaining ones are not spending due to election uncertainty.

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  • Graceann Kimaru    Jun 19, 2022

    Business is low for now due to high cost of raw materials leading to reduced profits.

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