Samuel lives in the Mombasa area of Coastal province in Kenya. He is married and has four children. The eldest, age 21, is to join college. The second is in high school. The third is in class seven and the last, in class four.
Samuel is a trained carpenter and has been in the carpentry business for the last 15 years, although the current business is three years old. He also buys old furniture that he refurbishes and then sells.
He joined Milango in March, 2011, after being invited by his friends. A loan of KES 40,000 will help Samuel buy the materials for a construction job at the medical services department at the provincial hospital.
Samuel owns three rental houses and looks forward to building more houses and to improving his current business in the near future.
He faces the challenge of high cost of timber; the wood is sourced from Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. This greatly raises the cost of business operations.
The income from this business will enable Samuel educate his children and provide services to other needy Kenyans. He advises our partners to continue lending to Milango as this has improved their lifestyle through access to credit.