A loan of $75 helped improve his firewood business.

John's story

John is thirty-nine years old, and is married with two boys who are in classes three and two. His wife stays at home but is currently training to be a hair dresser. She wants to open a salon so that she can supplement on her husband’s income, and and most important ly, to stay busy. John says, "An idle mind is the devil’s workshop."

As a side business to his work as a builder, John sells firewood to some business people in Malaba. He sells it to milk sellers who use it to pasteurize their milk; fish mongers who deep-fry the fish in their canteens; and sometimes to café owners who use firewood, which is the cheapest source of fuel.
John gets his stock of firewood from different places within the district. He usually gets the waste from loggers, gathers the scraps of wood until they fillsa truck, and transports the wood to Malaba. John has been able to provide one the cheapest source of cooking energy to the community and also helps minimize waste from trees cut down for lumber.

Currently, Johns does not own a store, but uses his compound as the site for displaying his product. The price he charges for the wood is based on the quantity that his customer buys. He also offers a discount to those customers that come to get the firewood themselves. He does this to motivate customers to come get the wood rather than delivering it to them. He employs a young man who delivers the wood to his loyal customers.

With a loan from PEMCI, John plans to increase his stock by making more trips to get wood. He says that the demand is there and his problem is being able to supply enough firewood.

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