Meet a client: Lucy Mjuki Mwikaria
Lucy and her family live in a village in Embu County, in central Kenya - an area where Five Talents has been working for the past six years. Without any reliable income, her children were not always able to attend school and Lucy was worried that like her, they may never complete secondary school.
As soon as she joined the group Lucy began saving the little she could and after 6 months had saved £17 - enough to borrow a loan. Lucy used the loan to build a small wooden shop which she has now grown into a Macadamia nut business using subsequent loans. ‘The savings are a security for me. I felt great when I paid back my first loan and it motivated me to take out my second loan.’
Today, Lucy’s nut businesses is flourishing. At the moment she buys nuts from the farmers and sells them on to the Kenya Nut Company but she has aspirations to work for the company collecting nuts from the ‘middle men’ like herself.
‘As well as being able to pay school fees I now have a cow that provides milk for my family and I even have some extra to sell so I don’t need to buy milk anymore. From the training given by Five Talents I can now budget my money and do a cost analysis for my small business to see where I am making profit.’