What Pangea Women’s Network Cooperative are you apart of?
|Angaza Women Group|
Tell us about yourself
What are you most proud of?
When I tried my hand at business back in 2012, I was unsure if it would succeed. Having been raised in Kisumu, I knew the fish business is marketable in major cities within Kenya. I moved to Nairobi and decided to bring the fish to Nairobi from Kisumu and sell it to the city dwellers. I was glad that my decision paid off since there was ready market for the product. Since then, I have been sourcing my fish from Kisumu every week. When I got the Pangea loan, I easily increased my stock as demand was high. In a good week, I can make a profit of between Ksh.5000-8000. I am proud that I can collaborate with my husband to meet the family’s needs sufficiently.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned with The Pangea Network?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your business?
The pandemic has affected me, my family, and business in many ways. To begin with, I have to strike a balance between business time and family time because the children are at home with the schools closed. My business has fewer hours to operate due to the government-imposed curfew whereby by 7:00 pm, we have to be indoors. Most customers used to buy fish as they got back from their workplaces, but sales have reduced as some don’t get to work hence don’t pass by. Additionally, my supply of the big fish (tilapia and Nile-perch) has been interfered with due to the Nairobi lockdown. It is a challenge getting the supply to enter Nairobi on time due to delays in security checks and the fish are highly perishable.
As a result, I have resorted to selling just Omena (small fish), which I can source easily from big Nairobi markets. Income has greatly declined as I can now make a profit of between Ksh.1000-2000 in a week. It is my hope that everyone takes personal responsibility by following the guidelines given by the health authorities to prevent the spread of the virus so that many don’t get sick. I ensure that my family and I follow them and hope that the virus is contained so our businesses can flourish once more.