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Waithira's Story - BWSP

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Waithira is a 2022 graduate of the Business Women Support Program (BWSP) in Kamirithu. When her son in law heard about the training, he immediately agreed to sponsor her registration fees and the weekly cookery sessions token. On successfully completing the course, her entire family including her son in law came out in full force to celebrate with her at the graduation ceremony.

She started her business after graduating from BWSP and is now a fruit vendor. Waithira was previously a casual worker and at times would go up to a month without work. She credits the start of her new business to a new outlook in life that was brought about by the training program.

She says, “During the training, one of our teachers asked us to reflect on 'who I am'

and 'what I have' after the training I seriously thought about this. I knew from the classes that I could start from where I am with the little I have. ”

Her business target market is a nearby Trailer company whose workers - drivers, mechanics and other contractors frequent her stall during their break times. Her neighbour offers tea and snacks, while Waithira sells fruits like bananas, avocados, sugar cane and vegetables like onions, spinach, cabbage and tomatoes that the workers can buy on their way home for dinner.

Now, Waithira has a saving target that she will invest back into her business.

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