Mwanakombo is a married woman with four children, three of whom attend school while one is still too young for school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is food for the family.
For the past four years, she has operated a clothing business, selling swimming costumes and khangas (traditional colorful fabric worn as a wrap) along the beach showers to tourists. In addition she also has a table mat weaving business which contributes another source of income. She faces the major challenge of seasonality. During the cold winter season the availability of tourists at the beach is lower, providing less sales volume. She dreams of expanding her business and establishing a boutique shop in the future.
With the KES 30,000 she wants to purchase bundles of clothes for resale. She decided to access funds to improve her business.
About Yehu Microfinance Trust
This loan is administered by Yehu Microfinance Trust, which was founded in 1998 as a project of CHOICE Humanitarian Kenya. In July 2007, Yehu became a separate entity from CHOICE and was registered as a trust. Since then, Yehu has expanded to cover over half of Kenya’s 13 coastal districts.