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Andrew is from Kenya. He has 3 children. He needs a loan of $125 to buy rolls of material.
Andrew has the potential to be a very successful tailor. However, he does not have the funds to buy material. He is thus not able to meet his customers demands and looses business.
By applying for this loan, he plans to buy several large bolts of material. This will thus increase his income, especially since his clients will also then have a variety of styles and types of fabric to choose from
Andrew dreams of operating a tailoring school in future, and teaching others about how to support their families with this type of business. He also wants to be able to carry a greater variety of material in his business without needing loans.
With this loan, he expects to get better income which he in turns plans to use in finishing the house he had started building.
In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.
Riruta is in the Nairobi area of Kenya. The climate is moderate and the differences between seasons is minimal. It is a lower income area where the income is earned from industrial labor, construction, household chores, small scale trading and vocation work such as carpentry, masonry, and tailoring. More than 65,000 people live in Riruta.
Rural Kenyans generally live with their extended family in a cluster of huts, which provides shelter and symbolizes the closeness of the people living there. Family members typically share work responsibilities and resources as they support themselves through farming.
Children are considered a valuable resource. A large family means more hands to help on the farm and ensures parents will be taken care of in their old age. Education is provided by the Kenyan government for children up to age 8, however, nearly 1.7 million children do not attend school because of failing economic and social systems.
World Vision focuses on education, immunizations, HIV and AIDS prevention education, food security, and sanitation.
Andrew used the loan he received to purchase thirty scrolls of materials and an electrical iron box. With the money he had left over he was able to pay rent for his business for two months. His business is expanding. He is getting competition from other tailor's in his community. However, his business is still thriving.
He is now better able to provide for his family. It is no longer a strain for him. He can take care of their basic needs and pay school fee's for his children. His children are not being sent home for lack of payment.
His dream is to operate a large scale tailoring business so he says "i appreciate your support,may you live long." He is repaying his loan on schedule. Thank you for supporting Andrew and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small business loan for Andrew Waweru to improve his tailoring business. He invested his loan of $125 by buying materials, but also a new sewing machine. Originally he was going to only purchase materials, but his shop burned down and his old machine was ruined. Andrew is greatful for the loan he got however as without it he wouldn't have been able to replace his machine.
Andrew has now repaid his loan in full. In addition to repaying his loan, Andrew has used his additional income to maintain and repair equipment and buy supplies in bulk. Andrew's 3 children continue to study in school.
The loan Andrew received helped his business expand and the profits he is now earning create lasting improvements in his life. In the future Andrew hopes to add employees and expand the current business.
Thank you for your support of Andrew and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.