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Charles Butiko

Nairobi, Kenya

100% 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

With the loan, I will process fliers, print out adverts, targeting established soaps and beauty shop owners wishing to start making and registering their own products, home makers wishing to make chemical and process food stuff at home, entrepreneur wishing to start small businesses processing stuff and would like training, consultancy and procurement services, trained people and groups looking for better sources of material to lower down their production costs, and those who want new methods of producing various products. I will also compliment my plan to put up a website by creating online forums on facebook. For a 2-3 days I will hire a marketer to put up the posters in target areas and assess the work done. I propose to travel around and meet old and new material suppliers to establish working relationships in preparation for the ongoing and future material and equipment suppliers to existing and future clients. After doing this, I will be able to give my business publicity, hence attract more trainees, and by reaching out to partner with the suppliers I will build capacity to offer my clients good material procurement solutions. The latter will create loyalty.

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$50.02

Date disbursed

Apr 17, 2014

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

5 weeks

Cost to entrepreneur

Lender interest: $50.02 at 2.42% annual rate over 1 month = $0.12

Service fee: $0.17

Lenders

Sarasota

Sarasota, Fl, United States

MrMichigander

Marquette, United States

dlpringle

Denver, United States

sderickson

Berkeley, CA, United States

AllieJ

Camberwell, Australia

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