Update on Janet's Business
Hi friends and fellow bloggers,
I said in an earlier post that I would be updating the work we are doing with Janet in Kenya to give a progress update on the business she is trying to establish.
Here is a photo of the shop we rented. There is a shop/store on one side and her home on the other side.
|Janet at her new shop.|
So far we have paid 2 months rent, a bit of food, a new, inexpensive telephone with camera and stock for the store. By far the most expensive thing is stock.
For now Janet is selling maize (corn) that she grew on the family farm before her brother chased her away. She was able to gain access to the maize. Other than that she has stocked the shop with all kinds of hair pieces and yarn for hair weaving. My apologies for the quality of the photos but Janet and her daughters never had a phone of their own so they are new to taking smart phone photos. The phone is also quite inexpensive so the camera quality is not that high.
It took awhile to get everything set up because the space had to be readied for display, someone in a larger city had to purchase the stock and send it to her because it cost too much for her to travel there and back. It takes all day to travel to the supplier and back and one has to pay for transport for 2 people to be able to carry the stock and food and sundries. It also took awhile to buy the phone, have it shipped to her and time for her to pick up the phone, charge it up and figure out how it functions.
|This is the supplier in Nakuru, Kenya|
The store needs more stock. The
potential customers are asking for hair products she doesn't have yet.
Some of these items are pictured below. The products like oils and conditioners are more expensive,
particularly if she is going to have enough stock on hand for sale. If
the funds allow she could also diversify and sell some daily essentials
which people need in the village. Things that won't go bad due to lack
I will send another month or two of rent by the end of this month. At end of January I will send another two months rent. This is so Janet can have some breathing space while she tries to get her business off the ground and save enough to pay rent, food and stock.
If you are touched to help Janet for Christmas, we would appreciate any contributions toward buying more stock so she can accelerate sales. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope to have related updates in the near future about both Janet and several other Kenyans we are helping. But this update is priority.
The Pay Pal link button is located on the right side bar. Simply click on the photo of the flowers or you can scan the QR code if you have the app. I can't actually advise on using the QR code so let me know if you need something specific. My email can be found at my profile page.If you really want to help but you feel your donation is too small please know that even $20 US dollars goes a very long way toward paying a month's rent (half), buying basic food for Janet and her 4 daughters for 2 weeks or helps to fill the store shelves.
Thank you so much for your visit and your consideration.
Keep well Diane