We relocated briefly to upcountry and then came back and settled here in Dandora. Life was very tough having to start over from scratch with two small children. My husband would leave me with ksh 150 daily for food and a few basic needs for the children. Having owned a vibrant business in Mathare, staying idle was never an endearing habit to me therefore when a friend suggested that I start a small business outside my gate I decided to give it a try, ” Narrated Esther.
Armed with capital of only Ksh150, Esther bought sweets, a few pastries and airtime, put up a makeshift table outside her gate and started to revive her business. “The challenges were numerous, but I was determined to make it.
I really thank HOPE worldwide Kenya who enrolled me and my children into the Nilinde Program. It was here that I came to learn about the Voluntary Savings and Loaning Associations and I enrolled in one. Because I already had a business running however small it was at the time, I found the table banking particularly helpful in growing my business. I was able to fully stock my shop and later bought a fridge to stock sodas. Together with my husband, we requested our and Lord to turn the room we were residing in into a full shop.
He agreed and now, as you can see, we have space for customers to sit and eat snacks and sodas which has served to increase traffic to my shop. When I began, I only got a profit of Ksh 30 to Ksh 50 a day. Now, I get at least Ksh 400 profit daily. I also recently turned my kiosk into an MPESA service outlet and I am looking forward to growing my business even more this year,” said a vibrant Esther.