Hi, I'm Mary
The income from my business has given me confidence and completely changed my life. With your support, I can grow my business and better serve my community.
Help Mary become a thriving stove entrepreneur in her community.
To sponsor Mary, give $200 per month for her two year training program. You will receive four updates on Mary, as her business grows. After two years, your monthly gift will end.
100% of your gift is tax deductible
"I was one of the people in the village who could not even buy soap for 10 shillings. I was so ashamed and didn't have the confidence even to speak to people. But now, I bought this dress using my own money."
Before she started her business, Mary had no way to provide for herself. But ever since she began selling stoves in 2007, she's been able to fill her basic needs while also helping to improve the health of her community. She says, "I can buy good food," thankful for the income her hard work has provided.
Why she was selected for the program: Mary has a plan to increase her sales significantly by producing different kinds of stove liners. She's poured effort into her business for ten years, and it's well-positioned to grow in the future.
Her business goal: Mary hopes to access a loan within the next six months to expand her product offering. "I want to scale up my business, but I need a loan to be able to do that."
Profession: Stove entrepreneur
Educational attainment: Primary
Bank Account: No
Hometown: Kakamega, Kenya
Implementing Local Partner: Energy4Impact
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How your sponsorship can help:
Mentors travel to her site to provide hands-on support and personalized coaching.
she will learn:
- How to improve quality and manufacturing
- How to talk to customers and sell stoves in local markets
- Financial management: how to save, open a bank account and price her products
- Increase production by selling an additional 200 cookstoves to her community
- Her own bank account and access to capital if she would like to get a loan
- She will hire one additional person to help her meet demand
- Gain confidence and drastically increase her income
Where your funds go each month:
At the end of her training, we will send you a specific report how your generosity has transformed her life.
How her life has changed
How her business has grown
How the community has benefitted
Be empowering. Create dignity. See your impact.
"Aid helps today. But a job transforms tomorrow."