Edith Nkirote Makanga
69 installments • 52%
I was born in 1989 in Meru Central District, Timau Division in Meru County. My first school was Muragine Primary School i.e. from nursery school to class eight. After doing my class eight exam (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education), I joined form one at Kithinine Girls Secondary School where I reached form two and was sent home because of school fees arrears. This happened because my parents divorced and I had no one to pay for my school fees. Through well wishers I managed to go back to school and sat for the form 4 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education where I managed to get a mean grade of C+.
Although I manage the grade, it didn’t add value to me because I had to stay at home since I didn’t have any papers to show that I did the exam and got a certain grade because the school could not give me the certificate due to the huge fees balance I owed the school. I started looking for any job to support myself but for a long time I didn’t make it. I was very frustrated since everyone wanted at least some papers to confirm that I really reached form 4 and got a C+ as I tried to explain. In the process of trying to get a job, I was employed by some people to be washing their clothes and do household work. Most of them were very arrogant and could not register any good work I used to do. This forced me to look for an alternative and I finally ended up being a bar maid.
After a long struggle I decided to try another area and I was invited by one of my friends to Rongai district, Nakuru County where I now live.
Although I am not married I have a baby girl.
Through the above stated challenges in life right from the school life and even after leaving the school compound since I had no one to help me, I was totally desperate and I was trying to look for someone to give me even a one day job just to get the food for that day. When I joined the barmaid job I felt as if I had reached heaven because I could get some money in the evening for my up keep. I worked there for some years but still with ups and downs, but I finally started my own bar business in Rongai. It was not an easy task to start a business since I had not saved any money but through courage I made it. I can now afford a smile since I have my own business and I am operating it without any problem although it has its challenges that are common in a business of this nature and therefore I have to live with them. At times someone might get drunk and refuse to pay his/her bill. I have to use diplomacy to convince the customer but when diplomacy fails I am forced to use other means like force, police etc. Sometimes I do face them like gentle man and sometimes like a woman in order to accommodate every character so that I can get what I need from my business.
Since I join my friend in Rongai, I am doing well and from what I do get, help me raise my family for this is my first duty, pay the house rent and add stock as far as the business is concern. The courage I had at the beginning has helped me reach where I am and I will still press on until I reach my expectation of having my own piece of land.
i will use the loan that i willl get to add stock to my bar as follows.
1. buy 2 crates of sodas
2.buy allsoap new brand
4.buy red bull one carton
the remaining money i will subdivide so that to attain some set goals of the bar ie the bar need maintanance and also with the profit that i did save from the last three month i will use the remaining cash from the loan to also try to balance that issue,lastly i will try to buy new decorations for my bar and as you all know that decoration and painting improve the quality of the bar room and also attracts customers and by doing so the bar will be really be moving step ahead the other thing that i will like to introduce to my bar is always the right quality and quantity of the beer that will attract customers and that will ensure steady customer flow and profit.
Jul 7, 2014