Although small in stature, Lucy fills a room with her presence – but as she says, this confidence is newly found. “From the start of training until now, there have been big changes. If somebody had a photo of before and after, you would really see the difference!
As a result of the entrepreneurship training, she is now running two successful businesses from her home in Mtomondoni. Like every good entrepreneur, Lucy identified a need in her community as the foundation of her business. “Initially, I came up with three business ideas. The first was to sell clean water from a tank in my garden because there is no water here in Mtomondoni.”
After presenting this idea to her youth group, they helped her to secure a loan to launch her business. With the loan she purchased and installed a 5,000-litre water tank. Less than three months after the training began, ‘Lulu’s Water Point’ – as she proudly calls it – was up and running, providing safe, clean drinking water to her community. She sells the water at an affordable price – just 20 KES per 20 litres (around USD $0.17) – because, as she says, “it’s about helping my community as well as earning an income.”
After the second month of training, her confidence growing, Lucy started a second business. Having a bachelor's degree in Biology, Lucy has always dreamt of having her own plant nursery. Combining her newfound entrepreneurial skills with her knowledge of horticulture, she wrote a tender for the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organisation (KARLO) to provide them with 6,000 mango seedlings and 5,000 lemon seedlings by the end of 2022. The contract was approved and Lucy is now growing the seedlings in her garden, just a few steps away from her water tank. She has already supplied 1,450 mango seedlings to KARLO and has distributed others to local farmers in Mtonondoni.