Catherine M. is a married lady. She has two children, aged twelve years old and four months old. She and her husband hope to give their children a quality education to the university level. Her business is located at the busy Mwingi market, though she is served by the thika branch office. Thika is the region in Kenya known for production of pineapples.
Catherine makes curtains and clothes, as per customer orders, since she is a tailor. She has been in this business for ten years now. She says that this business is profitable and the major challenge she has is high prices for materials. However, she works very hard to keep her business doing well. She is using her loan of KES 20,000 to buy materials to make more clothes to sell and to meet her customer's demands. She hopes to grow her business and to be able to make clothes to sell to many more customers. She also hopes to provide employment to many people. She sees herself building her own house. She describes herself as courageous, social and hardworking.