Kitchen appliances for my cottages

Jessica Lihanda

Nakuru, Kenya

100% repaid



Jessica Lihanda

Member since

April 2016

On-time repayments

275 installments  •  72%

About Me

I grew up in a christian family my father was the pastor of Kenya Assemblies Of God Nakuru Kenya growing up as a pastors child was a bit challenging and honestly i didnt like it then because everyone expected us to behave in a certain way like we live in heaven with the angles for instance I was expected to dress up in long dresses which I didn't like any time I dressed in trousers or a short dress people would point fingers and say look at the pastors daughter this was not good at all, i went to school here in nakuru did my Olevels in nakuru too but went to nairobi for my diploma course in Housekeeping, just after my collage i got married though this was not what i wanted for myself but because i got pregnant i decided to get married and for 15 years of my life i was a stay at home mum and because i loved my housekeeping carrier so much i thought of ways of how i could go back to my passionate carrier and by the grace of God i bounced back.

My Business

I started my business in 2010 i have 22 rooms where guest check inn for bed and breakfast my business is situated in Nakuru town just 1km from the great Lake Nakuru, Sleepway Cottages as they are known have small dinning area where guest have there breakfast there, our rooms are big and spacious and our prices are quite affordable we charge USD15 for bnb and USD12 for bed only, i get 10-15 guests everyday i love my work it has made me be who i am today. I was passionate about hosting guests and making them comfortable while back at home and i said to myself when i grow up i would like to be a housekeeper and this is how i started my carrier i went to collage for housekeeping course and in 1998 i graduated. I use my profit in improving my business buying repairing and maintaining my business, i save alot and this has helped me to pay school fees for my children, i live in my own house and my business has helped me to buy new furniture in my house and a vehicle that i use in running my day to day errands.

Loan Proposal

My cottages are growing very fast and this is a good thing to me, when I started I was a bit skeptical and I didnt want to serve any meals I just wanted to offer bed only and that's it, but due to my customers demand they requested for some meals or bed and breakfast, I started offering breakfast and now I want to venture in to full board and half board, so the loan that I am requesting from Zidisha will go into purchasing some kitchen appliances like a Microwave which is very essential in any restaurant and it goes for USD60 and afour bunnner cooker for USD240 and a gas cylinders which ranges from USD70 to USD 80 depending on the KGS you want.

This will be of great beffit to me and my business as a whole, you can see from the microwave we will have an easy way of warming food instead of getting the food back to the pot and lifting up the fire, the four bunker cooker will help save a lot of time and at least more than one meal can be prepared on it and not waiting for one meal at at a time, I am looking at saving time.

This is the most interesting part, my meals go for USD 3 to the most expensive one which is USD 4 since I know have a full time running restaurant in a day since my restaurant is still new we serve like 20 people in a daythey eat a minimum of USD3, I make more than USD 60 in a day not to mention drinks and beverages after removing all the expenditures I bank I clean USD 40 which is my profit, I can just imagine what will happen when I purshace the microwave and a bunner mmh! Since we use a charcoal bunner to cook and and warm our will increase my profit from 25%- 40%.





  • Ekim Deniz Kurt    Dec 31, 2018

    Excellent repayment performance, never missed an installment and completed the repayment months in advance, congratulations and good luck!

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  • Dean Suminski    Jun 19, 2017

    Congratulations on paying off your loan! Keep getting those clothes clean and good fortune with the new machine.

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  • trincowski    Jun 19, 2017

    Jessica has not missed a single payment. Excellent behaviour!

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Nov 25, 2016

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

3 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $15.38




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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jul 26, 2022

    I intend to renovate my cottages by painting both exterior and interior so the money you have lend me will be used to purchase high quality paint for both indoor and out door and for paying for the labour of work done.

    Thank you so much for your kind heart I am truly grateful and may God remember each one of you on your time of need.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jul 26, 2022

    I used my completed loan to furnish my dining area by adding more tables and chairs to accommodate more people, the dinning table is a 8 seater which is very suitable for big families they now sit together when having meals, previously we had small tables that accommodated 2 and 3 people, I also bought a 5 seater dining table and still used the other 2 and 3 seaters for couples and for individuals. The last thing I did i put a concrete pavement around my compound which costed $ 1000, my compound looks really beautiful with the nice flowers and trees that makes the place look even better. A big thank you for all who helped me in achieving this by sending your finances I am truly grateful to y'all and to Zidisha may you live long.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jul 20, 2022

    OMG..... This calls for coffee and blueberry muffins....I have completed my loan payment I am so grateful to God for enabling me,it was a tough journey COVID-19 messed up with my business but nothing lasts forever I am now back on my feet and doing better. hope Zidisha will lend me more money.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Oct 17, 2021

    I choose to pay a minimum of 500 shillings or more everyday.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Sep 22, 2021

    Still trying to revive my business so i would still ask for more tome and readjusting my weekly payments

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Sep 20, 2021

    Still business not doing as well.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Aug 3, 2021

    Will pay little by little till am able to clear my balance.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jul 11, 2021

    My business is now picking up its not like it used to be but we are not badly off, by the grace of God i will pay my my dues in time, but as for now bear with me as i continue making small payments.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    May 26, 2021

    My business is still very low working all means to see it back on track.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Mar 2, 2021

    Business is back but still nit as it used to be we thank God gor that and also for sparing us during the covid-19 pandemic, i am hoping that all will ne well and my business will go back to its normal state this i pray.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jan 16, 2021

    My business is still not doing well i still need time for it to start growing again.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Nov 17, 2020

    Still business not doing well.

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  • Janice Njoki    Nov 9, 2020

    She is still committed to repay her loan fully,only that as at bow her business is still low and her daily returns can't make to service the loan. She will be adjusting her loan to higher maoubt soon.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Sep 15, 2020

    Loss of business due to covid-19 has made me not pay my weekly installment as required, therefore I have adjusted my weekly installment to $5.

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  • Janice Njoki    Aug 20, 2020

    Jessica's business is still low due to low coronavirus pandemic affecting her customers base daily.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Jul 1, 2020

    Due to covid 19 pandemic and the Lock down I am not receiving any guests, its frustrating but am hopeful that things will be alright.

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  • Janice Njoki    Jun 11, 2020

    I have advised Jessica to reduce her weekly instalments that she can comfortably afford unit l the business resumes normal.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Apr 23, 2020

    We have closed down due to COVID 19 we are receiving 0 guests now thus cannot be able to pay my instalment in full! This is crazy!

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  • Janice Njoki    Apr 17, 2020

    She will continue with the minimal amount so the she don't left behind with her payments as she had planned.

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  • Jessica Lihanda    Mar 26, 2020

    We are experiencing a lock down due to corona virus I kindly ask for ask to adjust my installment amount.

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