"I want to make higher-quality stoves for my costumers and construct a safer shelter for my family. These will make me very proud."
"I am very excited to receive trainings on empowerment and leadership and to begin reaching my full potential as a cookstove business owner."
"I dream to be a very famous business women in the world and to employ one hundred people in my village."
"I'm eager to learn new technologies and about marketing issues."
"I have an idea of... starting a class for children so I can nurture them on the whole process of making cookstoves."
"If someone helped me ... I would be proud to have a bank account, to put the savings in there and deal with problems when they arise."
"I want to make quality stoves to increase my production and income so I can send my grandchildren to high school."
"I've managed to buy clothes, which I never used to have before. And now I'm looking to earn enough to send my children to school."
"I want to construct a house and buy a dairy cow.”
"I was so ashamed and didn't have confidence even to speak to people... But now, I bought this dress using my own money."
"I have two children at home, and I hope to pay their school fees."
“I have grandchildren, and I want to be able to pay for their fees at a higher learning institution.”
"I've been able to take my kids through school from the proceeds of this business. So this business is of much help to me."
“I would like to have more stores than this one. Because by now, I have only one store. So I would like to have many stores.”
"Since I’m a widow, I don’t have anybody to support me. But I’ve gotten some capital to build myself. I can stand on my own. I can do my things the way I like."
"I run my business to pay my grandchildren's school fees and meet my basic needs. With your help, I'm excited to receive business training."
"Since I have skills through cookstoves, I'd like to open a place where I can sell my goods on my own."
Anna would like to hire members of her community to assist with stove production.
"I want to hire 10 employees and purchase a pickup truck to bring my products to market."
"I plan on employing one or two more people to increase my capacity to be able to produce. But that is dependent on me accessing capital.”
“My family depends on this business, because where my husband works is so low wages.”
"I post on WhatsApp the photos of what I'm selling."
"I need capital to generally expand my business, that is: get more materials, add more labor to make more stoves, to serve a bigger market."
"I'm feeling very happy, very motivated, and ready to see what the support will do."
“I am planning and praying that I get a breakthrough in terms of more capital."