Meet Mwaka Mbuli Nyanje who comes from Tiribe in Mombasa, a woman who decided to beat all the odds of her community’s beliefs and started a business to assist her husband in paying the bills. Mwaka is from a community where women aren’t expected to work because the women´s chores is to take care of their homes, children, cleaning and cooking. Mwaka is 31 years and a mother of five and an astute businesswoman who has been an inspiration to other women in her village where women normally stay in their homes while their husbands provide to their family.
We had a talk with her – this is what she had to say about herself, her business and MYC4.
How did you hear about MYC4?
I have been a client of Yehu Microfinance for a year and some months. When MYC4 partnered with Yehu. Our group was told about MYC4 and how it works by one of the Yehu loan officers.
What was the loan used for?
The loan has been a great help to my business; I added to my savings and I was able to stock more products in my shop. I bought more mattresses, suitcase and more clothes for both women and men.
How has the business helped your family?
My business has helped my husband and me to educate and provide for our five children. The little profit I make I’m able to assist my husband in buying food for the family and books for the kids.
What are some of the challenges you face in your business?
I don’t have major challenges in this business I have adapted to the market and I’m able to give my customers what they need. My secret has been to understand my customers and providing them with what they need. The only small challenge I experience is the competition in the market but I’m able to keep up with that.
Do you plan to get another loan with MYC4?
Yes, once I have fully repaid this loan I plan to get another loan but this time I’m going to take a bigger loan because I have plans to expand my business to be a big store in Tiribe village.
What are your future business plans?
I would like to start importing shoes and clothes from Uganda, because I will be able to get them at a cheaper price, I also have plans to open another stall in my village because my products have been in demand.
Would you recommend MYC4 to friends and family?
Yes, so far I have introduced one lady and she is in the process of taking her first MYC4 loan, I have also encouraged women in my village to form groups and join Yehu so they can borrow money through MYC4.
Do you have additional comments?
I would like to encourage women to start small businesses so they can contribute to their family’s welfare and support their husband in paying the bills. Women should be able to support their families even when their husbands are not there.