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January Woman of the Month

January Woman of the Month

Name

Beatrice Ouma

Age

45

What Pangea Women’s Network Cooperative are you apart of?

Ngomongo Tailoring Self Help Group

Tell us about yourself

I am 45 years old and the second born in the family. I was raised by my parents together with fourteen siblings in Homabay County. I finished high school but did not go to college since my parents could not afford to pay for my college fees. I, therefore, moved to a different town to fend for myself and joined other women in selling food to workers from a factory. In 1999, I got married and I was blessed with four children. I worked as a casual laborer on and off in different companies while doing business small scale businesses on the side to supplement the income that I have.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of myself and Pangea. At the time I met Pangea in 2015, I was not employed. I sold clothes moving from door to door to find customers. It was cumbersome and the returns were not good. Through a loan from The Pangea Network, I was able to purchase more stock and secure a premise where I set up my business. I no longer get tired from walking long hours to look for clients, they come to me. My profit has increased through my hard work and Pangea’s support. I am able to pay school fees for my children and offer them better meals. 

 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned with The Pangea Network?

The greatest lesson I learned from Pangea was on time management. After hawking clothes, I could go back home early to do other chores, I did not sell every day. Pangea made me appreciate the importance of utilizing my time well in order to grow my business and reduce time-related pressure. I open my business early six days a week. This has helped me retain and earn more customers since I have a reliable schedule and they can always count on me for their children’s clothing needs. I also benefited immensely from the nutrition classes. Since then I have been able to offer my family a better-balanced meal.

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