My name is Winfred Ndungwa a Mother of Blecious Kioko, a pupil at One of Inua Village to global Foundations community school in Soweto slums in Nairobi. One year ago, through the Inua Village Sacco family visits program (Outreach Programs) they visited me, I had a small vegetable kiosk with a capital of around Kshs 500. Covid-19 lockdown crippled this business even father-my husband lost his job because he used to work in a hotel, Kioko was not attending school and the entire family started to depend on a business with a capital of kshs 500(5$). It looked like the end of life was approaching so soon.
After the visit Inua Village Sacco team quickly enrolled me in their empowerment programs i.e. Training me on how to manage my business, focusing on quality in order to retain customers, customer care, keeping my sales record. After several visits to evaluate my practical implementation of newly acquired skills, there was a glimmer of light ahead. A few months later, Inua village Sacco through a small business loan boosted my business with $15 (1500 kshs). With now new skills and a boost in capital, I have now advanced the capital from Kshs to 2000Kshs (20$ to 6000 kshs (60$) in a span of six months, with new items on my item list like spinach, eggs, ripe bananas, and now I make profits of around 600 kshs per day which is sustainable for my family.
I have plans to introduce more items to the business for example selling Githeri, boiled beans, and employ one more person to help me. Inua village Sacco has trained me, I feel I can grow my business now, they trained me and they paid several visits to ensure that my business grows. My family is now happy, and my husband has become supportive of this business.
I am very happy with my work; I believe in starting small until additional help comes. Inua Village Sacco work inspires me. And I know there are so many ladies out there that they are helping too. I believe in their vision.