Emily A. O. is 37 years old, widowed and has four children aged between 5 and 15. She hopes to give her children a quality education to university level. Her business is located at Nyalenda in Kisumu. Kisumu is the region in Kenya known for fish production from Lake Victoria and is well known as the lake basin.
Emily owns a salon where she does ladies' hair. She has been in this business for six years now. She says that her business is profitable and the only major challenge she faces is lack of equipment due to financial constraints. However, she works very hard to keep her business doing well. She is using her loan of 20,000 KES to buy salon equipment to meet customer demand. She hopes to expand her business in the future. Emily describes herself as an honest and humble lady.