Firewood,charcoal and energy saving jikos for home supplies


Gekomu, Kenya

100% repaid




Member since

July 2014

On-time repayments

273 installments  •  65%

About Me

am a Kenyan aged 29, the first born in the family of seven. I have a
diploma in social work from a public institution. During my college days
i encountered difficulties in the payment of college fee and so in my
first year i decided to venture in the firewood selling business and by
doing so i was able to offset my school balances and continued with this
business till today. The business earnings helps me to pay for the
premise, my residential rent, my younger sisters' school fees and my
personal up-keep. I have since the start of 2017 introduced an iniative of me,my family members and friends visiting and giving back to the community some percentage of my earnings to kids in my local children homes.

My Business

am in firewood selling industry whereby i have done this business for
Four years now. I earn my regular incomes from the selling of firewood charcoal and energy saving jikos
to households and schools. There is a great demand for my product
because am a licensed business person, the working hours is 12 hours
giving me an advantage over my competitors and am situated where the first aglance of a premise is my shop. The reason why these products are in great demand is because most of the residents are a mix of middle class and below the poverty level, so this is what a majority can afford. The reason behind me doing this business is to provide for the locals the products and services the would otherwise be walking miles miles looking for and another reason is to enable me and my family have something on the table and finally growth and sustainability. My business is profitable because it is
easy to access and the quality of my firewood is superior than of my
competitors. The threats i face is heavy rainfall and transportation of
the firewood from interior places. My typical monthly costs include:rent
is 37dollars,stock is 185 dollars,sales is 303 and my profits are 272
dollars. The profits I make from the business I use them on making additional stocks to my current one,my personal upkeep,meeting my family needs,educating my younger sister and giving back to the community in the form of donating to the children s' home in my locality. Kindly
consider lending me this cash to fulfill my desired goal in life.

Loan Proposal

The loan i am anticipating to receive from zidisha lenders will be of much importance in making an additional stock of firewood and charcoal to my current stock. Since the introduction of charcoal as a substitute of firewood for those customers who do not use firewood i have seen my profits increase gradually. So for that reason i want to introduce energy saving jikos because 35% of my consumers keep on asking for the jikos thus have done a survey and ascertained for sure there is demand for the same. This means more sells and more sells means increased prifits.As per now my current sales for firewood and charcoal stands at 179Us dollars, this will increase by 71% when i shall have received the loan.Thank you zidisha for enabling us realise our strengths.






Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Aug 8, 2016

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

6 weeks



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