A loan of $525 helped to purchase cloth, zippers, hooks, threads, and buttons.

Johnstone's story

Johnstone Kyalo M. is a 31-year-old married man with one child. He lives in Mlolongo, an informal settlement along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. Kyalo also takes care of his aging mother and two children from his paternal uncle, who is unemployed and cannot take care of them. Kyalo has to make sure that his uncle’s children go to school, are clothed, and eat healthy food daily.

Kyalo started his business in 2005 after 4 years of working at the Kulshan tailoring shop in Nairobi. During this period (2000-2005), Kyalo was employed by an Indian national, and his job was to sew round buttonholes. After some time, Kyalo realized that sewing round buttonholes was a dead-end job, and he approached a colleague, asking to be trained as a tailor. His colleague accepted, provided Kyalo paid for the training. Kyalo trained for 3 years and became an expert tailor.

In April 2005, Kyalo decided that it was no longer worthwhile to stay in his job, and he left to start his own business. Armed with Ksh. 15,000 (USD 214) that he had saved over time, Kyalo bought a second-hand sewing machine and some cloth, and he started tailoring skirts and dresses for small girls. He took these dresses to the open-air market, where they sold like hot cakes. The business is doing well.

Now Kyalo wants to expand his business, because he gets more clients every day. He now employs 3 helpers, creating employment opportunities in the community.

Johnston Kyalo is kindly asking for a loan of USD 525. With the loan, he intends to purchase more cloth and other materials, including zippers, hooks, thread, canvas, shoulder pads, buttons, and lining materials. He hopes to set a shining example of self-employment. He intends to pay back the loan, within 8 to 14 months.

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