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My ambition is to expand my business, I'm a shopkeeper and on the side I own a small maize mill shop. I started this business one a month ago and all our savings of KSH 90,000 were poured into it. I used the savings in building the business premise, the stock for the shop and a second hand maize mill machine. For now the profit I get from both businesses roughly amounts to KSH 800 per day. I plan on expanding the businesses by using KSH 40,000 of the transfer to buy more maize, pay the electric bill for the shop and add more stock to the retail shop. I hope the business generates more income that can help me sustain my family. I also plan on using the remaining amount to build a bigger house and pay school fees for my 4 children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I became self employed in the last six months, I started my own business of a retail and a maize mill shop. It's slowly generating us some income and now we don't have to worry so much of not getting food like the days I would go to work and not get paid. Each day I get a profit of KSH 800, it's no a lot but it's a start and when we expand the business our income will grow as well.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest challenge I'm facing is not having enough income to improve my family's lives. Before putting all my savings into my current business of owning a shop and a maize mill I was working as a casual labourer by selling clothes for other people and would prioritize days that most towns are having market days to make more sales. I saved up and opened my own business. But this meant that all my savings were depleted and I have no other option of income generation. The business is only a month old and I'm hopeful that it will grow but as for now the income generated is only KSH 800 per day which is not a lot considering I have to pay fees for my 4 children and buy food for my family.