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Charles Butiko

Nairobi, Kenya

32% repaid

Entrepreneur

Name

Charles Butiko

Member since

April 2014

On-time repayments

120 installments  •  58%

About Me

I am Charles Butiko, a Kenyan Development Consultant (and trainer), with a background in engineering, business management & entrepreneurship, and environmental management. I am a social chain entrepreneur with interests in chemical & food technology, agribusiness, renewable energy &environmental conservation, education, research, and cottage industrialization. I work through both business, and community development models, which enable me work with
several people, schools, government institutions, non-governmental
organizations, and private enterprise.I am an innovator, a thinker and enjoy providing solutions to people's challenges. I also serve as a motivational speaker
during community development forums. Through Integrated Development program, I launched a number of 'community development initiatives' including 'integrated sustainable development practical life skills program'. Through this, I am constantly getting opportunities to empower groups and individuals.

My hobbies are traveling, discussing issues, and meeting and making new friends. I am very passionate about our recent 'sustainable practical life skills program' for community. We started with training groups and individuals how to make, package and brand sanitation & beauty products like soap, hair shampoo, disinfectants, and organic home-made insecticides. We then source raw material for them and offer technical support during their project work. This has received an overwhelming response and I can see it grow wider since we plan to introduce other modules in food technology, renewable energy technology, water technology, and organic/herbal health solutions.

My Business

I work as a development consultant, researcher, social entrepreneur, and community development leader, and motivational speaker. Through Integrated Development Agency, I have teamed up with others to create a difference in people's lives by partnering with various organizations to initiate the integrated development program which works and proposes to continue working in various sectors.

Our most interesting programme is the 'integrated sustainable practical skills programme'. This program has modules premised on different sectors like: sanitation, beauty, food technology, renewable energy technology, organic/herbal health, and business improvement. Sample practical modules include: how to make & package soap, hair shampoo, disinfectants (under sanitation); glycerine, lotions, creams, beauty soaps, other (beauty); yoghurt, ice cream, jam, tomato sauce, chilli sauce (food technology); biogas, biodiesel, energy briquettes (renewable energy); herbal health solutions (health); business plans, project proposals, strategic plans( business improvement). We organize training forums and charge at least USD 3 per head. We can serve at least 50 attendants per session and hold at least 2 sessions per week. Thereafter we supply raw material to all interested in making the products from home. This program is picking up well and complements my income from selling products like: soap, shampoo, glycerine, disinfectants, honey, and from other talks. I have also partnered with a firm to supply secondary school students with scientific calculators at subsidized costs (the subsidy is a benefit on costing based on bulk order discounts) early 2016.

Loan Proposal

I am borrowing USD 640 to support our integrated sustainable practical skills programme', the training program. This program has modules premised on different sectors like: sanitation, beauty, food technology, renewable energy technology, organic/herbal health, and business improvement. Sample practical modules include: how to make & package soap, hair shampoo, disinfectants (under sanitation); glycerine, lotions, creams, beauty soaps, other (beauty); yoghurt, ice cream, jam, tomato sauce, chilli sauce (food technology); biogas, biodiesel, energy briquettes (renewable energy); herbal health solutions (health); business plans, project proposals, strategic plans( business improvement). We organize training forums and charge at least USD 3 per head. We can serve at least 50 attendants per session and hold at least 2 sessions per week, giving an average earning of USD 300 per week in training. To add on that, we also make income supplying raw material to all trainees interested in starting to make stuff from home! We are currently making around 150 USD profit per week for raw material supplies. What is limiting is that we juggle between expenses and raw materials hence the need for the loan. What is interesting is that individual and group entrepreneurs are getting interested in different neighboring regions. We started with Western part of Kenya but we are proceeding to other parts of the country as well.

With USD 640 we will use as follows:
1. publicity expenditure and travel to organize more forums- USD 150
2. buy more raw materials to sell to trainees - USD 300
3. stationery (e.g certificates, other) -USD 100
4. meals for organizers - USD 50

With this funding, we project an average current gross margin of around USD 500 per week, which is enough to pay ourselves and repay the loan amount.
I also do other businesses like selling end products like: soap, hair shampoo, glycerine, disinfectants, insecticides, honey, lotions, beauty soaps, other. This line of income plus that from motivational talks can cushion the repayment plan in case of any delays.

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$640.69

Date disbursed

Dec 24, 2015

Repayment status

Late

Projected term

14 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $26.60

Charles opted to pay $83.04 into the Zidisha Members Loan Fund in return for a higher starting credit limit.

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