What Pangea Women’s Network Cooperative are you apart of?
Tell us about yourself
I am a 58-year-old mother of 8 children. I run a grocery shop at Lana Market, Ndere location in Siaya County. My business career started back in 1989 and I have seen it grow and change over the years. Initially, I used to sell green leafy vegetables from my garden but with time, I saw the need to get a grocery shop at the market so I could reach more customers. In addition to the green vegetables, my grocery shop now includes cereals, fish, hand-made baskets, and charcoal.
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of the fact that my business has grown significantly and I can now sustain my family’s needs, especially school fees for my children. Most of my children are grown up and in advanced levels of learning. Some have even completed. I am happy my business has enabled them to come this far.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned with The Pangea Network?
I feel I have benefited most from the training on Human Rights and Business Skills. I am more confident as a woman and I now know where and how to get help with social issues that affect women. I have taken it upon myself to make other women I interact with aware of their rights. In business, I feel I am in a position to do much better in my business from what I am used to, for instance, constantly expanding my business by offering a wide variety of product for the customers. My future plans include moving from my current stall which is temporary to a more permanent structure which is more secure.