Emmanuel is a 41-year-old motorcycle “boda boda” driver. "Boda bodas" are privately owned motorcycles used extensively throughout Kenya for public transportation. Boda boda drivers pick up and drop off pay-as-you-go passengers as a motorcycle taxi. Emmanuel operates from the municipal business center, where there is a constant flow of customers, and he has been in this business for 1 year.
Emmanuel is married and has 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, from 8 to 15 years old. The primary business challenges he faces are stiff competition from competitors with more than one motorcycle plus regular breakdowns of his motorbike. His wife is a tailor/dressmaker, a business Emmanuel was involved in before driving his motorcycle.
Emmanuel plans to use the 60,000 Kenyan Shilling loan to purchase a second motorcycle. He has successfully repaid three previous loans of 20,000, 40,000, and 60,000 Shillings.
In the future, Emmanuel hopes to buy his own land and build a home. In 5 years, he dreams of having at least five motorcycles operating as boda bodas and being involved in the taxi business.
He describes himself as hard-working, humble, and humorous.