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My name is Marion Nyawira from Meru County. Meru is in the slopes of the snow-capped Mount Kenya and it is a very cold area. The community around here does farming, mainly coffee and other food crops. I was born and raised in a family of 6 and I am the second last born.
Like other children in the family, I was taken to primary and later secondary school for my education. I did not proceed with academics after that. I got married but my husband became very abusive after the birth of our first child until I decided to quit the marriage. With the harsh life staring at me, I rented a small house and made a simple structure which I use as a restaurant where I sell meals to the locals.
I run a simple restaurant where I sell food to the local community. My clients are mostly construction laborers who normally come to my establishment for a quick bite during their work breaks. A simple meal of maize and beans cost about half a dollar.
I make about $12 a day and $5 goes into expenses and I use the balance to support my child with his daily needs. My desire is to construct a better structure where I can prepare the food in a hygienic way and get better chairs and tables.
I am glad that through Zidisha loans, I have been able to give my restaurant a face lift. I never imagined that I would be able to reach where I am within such a short time. I feel the time is right for me to go for the next big thing - a gas cooker. This will be a game changer in my business because I will not take a shorter time to prepare the meals. This type of energy is also much cleaner than the charcoal cooker that I am currently using.
The cooker together with a 13kg cylinder will cost me around USD 200. I will use the balance to buy a few chairs and utensils which will add up to what I already have in the restaurant.
Mar 31, 2017