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I am the fourth born in a family of seven, where my dad was a teacher.My family is from Njoro in Nakuru County.I learnt to do business as young as 14yrs where we wd go for casual labour in other peoples farms and from the earnings we would buy farm produce at lower prices and take to the market for a small profit margin.This way i would have my pocket money in school.After I got married I had to leave working and join my husband who was in a different town, it was then I started my first business of selling second hand clothes. However I have been separated for 9yrs now.I have 2 diplomas,Electronics and Information Systems.At the time we separated I dint have a regular job but a small cosmetic/ beauty soap which was all I had to rely on.About 5 months down the line I sold the business and left for the neighboring country Sudan to explore for better business opportunity.My stay there was however terminated due to hostility in the area i was located, just before the Country was declared independent.I have since been doing supplies in stationery mostly in schools but only occasionally.I have thus indulged in poultry farming to diversify just to supplement what I manage to get from supplies.I have a chicken farm house for local chicken which I have been supplying to a hotel.I have 2 children aged 16 and 11 yrs whom am taking care of. My girl desires to be a lawyer while the boy wants to be an engineer.
I love visiting farms and learning new things at every opportunity.
My business of poultry has been doing great and the school uniform supply is still on. Thanks to Zidisha for the three loans i have gotten from them. I ve continued to do supplies at the hotel and I just secured another supply order in a 3 star hotel for 120 pieces per week. Every other week I manage to bring in new chicks between 50 to 80.Out of the proceeds from this business, I did a course in sales and marketing costing 235US Dollars. This course I took so as to allow me be able to do proper marketing and learn the sales skills, this will go a long way in helping me do business more professionally.
From my initial involvement with schools, in stationery supplies, I have managed to source for school uniform supply from two schools, which I will do every beginning of the year.
Being a single parent is not an easy task,it requires me to work extra hard to manage with the ever rising living standards. Globally the economic crises is biting in all countries Kenya not being an exception.I thus have to stay open to available opportunities.
I have managed to secure school uniform supply tender from 2 primary schools. From School 1 I need 50 pieces of tunics for girls i.e 3/4 meters of fabric each, a total of 45meters of fabric. Accessories 50 zips total 2.8USD, sewing thread 4,each at 0.6USD total 2.4 USD. Fabric is costing at 2.8 USD/meter. Total fabric required costs 126USD. In total for school 1, a total of 131.2 USD
School 2, They require 45 shirts @3/4 m [email protected] 3.9 USD each, total 177 USD ,20 [email protected]/4m fabric each @ 2.8 USD total cost 56 USD and 25 trousers @ 1meter each @ 2.8USD/m , total costing 70 USD. Zip and Thread 5.2USD. in total for this school i require 308.2 USD.
To have these orders complete, I thus require total of ( 131.2 + 308.2 ) 439.4 USD. Its my prayer that I can get the ksh 25000 ( 280.9 USD ) from Zidisha and the deficit 158.5 USD I will borrow from my poultry kit.
Its my humble request that I may be considered on this for I have upto 5th of Feb to deliver. Its really a mater of urgency and i beg to be pardoned for I secured this only 4 days ago.
Am grateful to have this opportunity as growth in my business field for it will run for as long as i dont compromise on quality services.
Out of this first supply, i plan to set up a tailoring shop from where i will do any other subsequent work. I will at least offer permanent employment to one person and another on work piece. This will meet the vision of Zidisha " poverty eradication " .
My greatest appreciation for how you touch and transform disadvantaged lives. Really inspiring and something to emulate.
Thanking you in advance.
Jan 23, 2015
Cost to entrepreneur
Lender interest: $280.43 at 4.38% annual rate over 4 months = $4.32
Service fee: $3.65