A loan of $475 helped to purchase a tailoring machine and an assortment of sewing materials.

Jacqueline's story

Jacqueline M. is 43 years old, is married, and has four children. She lives in the Kawangware area in Nairobi. Besides her immediate family, she takes care of her 22-year-old sister-in-law, whose mother died. Because Jacqueline’s husband is the eldest in his family, it is therefore his responsibility to take care of his sister, till she finds a job in order to support herself.

Ever since she can remember, Jacqueline had been interested in becoming a tailor. To accomplish this, she joined a training class at Redeemed Gospel Church at Huruma in Nairobi for classes and practical training, which lasted for two years. After training, she started her business in 1996 with about US $147, which she borrowed from her sister. She has since paid that off. She started by making petticoats, which she sold from house to house for a period of six months. The business picked up very well, and with this income she built a stall of her own in Kayole, where she could carry out her business more effectively. She later expanded her business and started making clothes and curtains. And she started offering training; at the moment she has three trainees. Jacqueline was doing well, but unfortunately, her stall was broken into and two of her sewing machines were stolen. Because of this, she had to rent two machines for four months, at about $7 per machine per month. This eventually became too much of a burden and made her business shrink, and she even lost customers. Later she moved from Kayole to Kawangware, and with the money she got after recovering from her loss, she bought a sewing machine.

Jacqueline is now asking for a loan of US $475 to enable her to buy materials and a sewing machine. She says this will enable her to get more students and will also enable her to get back her customers and be able to finish her orders on time. The repayment period for her loan will be 10 months.

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