Printing service and grocery businesses

Joseph Kawiti

Mishomoroni, Kenya

Funds disbursed

$0 to go

100% funded of $827 goal


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Joseph Kawiti

Member since

April 2015

On-time repayments

239 installments  •  83%

About Me

My name is Joseph Kawiti, born in coast region of Kenya at a place called Taveta. I was raised in a farming community where people tend their small parcels of land for their food and to sell the surplus. Taveta is near the border of Kenya and Tanzania and as such there is a lot of cross border trading and the area teems with people from all corners of the two countries.

I am the first born in a family of 7 siblings and growing up was not easy. I was deprived of many childhood necessities due to the meager income of my parents. However they managed to take me to primary school where I did eight years and then proceeded to secondary school. I only did one year of secondary school and my parents could not afford to pay school fees for me due to many competing needs of the family.

I started doing menial jobs around my home area and after a few years, my aunt who lives in Mombasa which is about 150 kilometers away invited me to assist her in her business. Mombasa is a much bigger town and I started working at my aunt’s printing workshop as a machine operator. I worked there for 3 years and when I gained enough experience, I started my own printing firm with much help of my aunt.

This is what I am still doing for a living. I am married with two children aged 7 and 3 years old. I work very hard for their upkeep and to ensure that they lead a better life and get a better education than what I did.

My Business

I deal with all kinds of printing. I mostly do business cards, wedding cards, business fliers, brochures, receipt & invoice books etc. I use an offset machine due to its low maintenance cost. I serve the institutions around Mombasa such as schools, churches and other private businesses.
Through the wonderful Zidisha family, I have been able to open up grocery shop which is run by my wife. My printing business has not been doing very well but this I attribute to the Covid- 19 pandemic. It is my hope that as we approach the general elections it will pick up as aspiring candidates will be printing posters, banners, caps and tee shirts. I intend to take advantage of this and believe ZIDISHA LENDING FAMILY
will come in handy to make my dream come true.
As the great Zidisha and its entire lenders have helped me to become someone in my community. I promise not to disappoint you.
Zidisha Community I sincerely thank you for your last loan which has helped me to expand my business. My long experience in this field (Printing) is an added advantage. As I had said above the the money that i made i opened up a grocery shop for my wife as a side hustle to sew up the torn up pieces. You made it happen. God bless Zidisha.

Thanks Zidisha group for your support. You helped me a lot to achieve my dreams. Opening a grocery shop and at the same time been able to continue with my printing business is a great step forward to me and I take it as a great achievement in my life. Once I get the intended loan I will use it in buying more stock for the grocery shop, service the printing machine i readiness for the printing boom business and ensure i have enough material before the prices hike.
Grocery expenses $ 310
Machine repair. $ 117
Printing materials. $ 400
It is my sincere hope that you will consider my loan application and approve it.

Project Proposal

First and for most I like to say thanks for my lenders, about the money .I have a printing machine,which I will repair and also buying printing materials.this will help me prepared for the next year we are expecting a lot of printing jobs.and also helping me to improve for jobs coming every time and then.
Another thing I have a shop which I will buy stock it will boost me a lot thanks once again.






Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Dec 27, 2021

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $122.36



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