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While others are looking for sponsors, this college girl makes good money from selling mutura
SherylDenty Atieno joined Kitale National Polytechnic in 2018 for a Diploma in Supply Chain Management course.
She was determined to give this opportunity her best shot.
But having come from a humble background, where work is part and parcel of daily life, she felt ‘underutilised,’ staying at home during school breaks. That is when she opted to start a business.
“I thrive in challenging situations because they make me grow. So, when I realised that schools would not be reopened soon, I decided to take a different route and start my own business instead of idling at home,” Atieno, 21, told Campus Vibe.
The second year student took to the street hawking chapatis, after she had an overdraft loan of Sh600 from Fuliza to start up the business. Realising that the business was moving so slow, because of the shaggz environment, she took a different path.
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The campus girl, who comes from Kaganu ward in Homa Bay County, decided to sell mutura at Ndiru center a few kilometers from her home. She has been using the proceeds of her business to improve her life and buy personal stuff. The venture also offered her the opportunity to practice entrepreneurial skills, which she has been learning while in school.
“Making use of my time focusing on productive things like practicing my skills has helped me avoid peer pressure to engage in social ill-norms. Atleast I can pay for my campus room where my belongings are without bothering my parents,” she added.
On a good day, Atieno makes a profit of Sh1,400, but she has challenged herself saying it’s just the beginning of the many more positive things that will come her way. Her ideal day is programmed according to the boom hours, which are evenings, and she prepares herself in advance to ensure the customers get the muturas ready and hot.
“My day starts at 4:30am when I have to rush to the slaughter house to buy meat and intestines. I then get home to wash the intestines mince and grind the meat ready for evening,” she said.
She added: “Mid-morning is reserved for my studies and house chores. I later go to the market at 4pm where I have to light my jiko and cook the mituras.”
Despite the success, Atieno notes that some villagers despise her hustle due to her education status. However, she vows to stay put and focus on her work.
“Some villagers feel this work is demeaning for a college student but I prove them wrong by getting to work early, clean and friendlier to my customers. Also, I make clean money so I have no problem,” she said.
She plans to go big – open a small kiosk to meet the growing customer demand and create employment in the town.