Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Date: March 31, 2016
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‘Partially achieved but still hoping for the best’

I have loved the training I had with Gender Links (GL) and I am grateful to the facilitator and staff for I have learn a lot from the course. My business plan was based on opening a cold storage where I would sell meat, fish and frozen foods.

After the course, I went to seek for quotation to rent a building nearby because my house is under construction and there was no place where I could set the cold storage. However, I was very disappointed after the search for a building since the rent were very high and I could not afford paying it since I do not work. Getting a loan was even more difficult for I do not meet the requirements since I am unemployed. I wish to set up this business because in the locality where I live, there are no cold storage and people need to take the bus to another village to find frozen foods. I thought the business would have worked very well if I could afford renting a place.

I actually have already started to buy items for the business including a big refrigerator to store the items. I have the support of my family and husband as well for this project but I have got no finance to start. My parents are ready to support me only after I have engaged in the business as they do not have enough to give me to invest as the capital sum.

For the time being, I am selling readymade clothes which enables me to get some money that I am putting in Peggy bank so as to invest in my business. Cost of living is really high and with my recent delivery, I have to care for my baby and all baby items are really expensive in market. Hence, for the time being I have prioritise my baby’s welfare than investing in a business. However, I know for sure that this business would work wonderfully and be really profitable to me.

I don’t want to stop here. I am constantly looking for a cheaper rental building and I plan to set my business next year. Though I have not been fully able to implement a business, I have learnt a real lot from GL entrepreneurship course. I remember I was pregnant at that time and I did not miss any of the course. I always wanted to follow a course like this and when I came to know about this from a friend of mine, I was very pleased to have known GL. I am a stronger lady now. I might not be financially independent but I am no longer reserve and timid as I used to be. I have taken all the essential elements of the course and put it in practise so as to love a better and happy life. I believe that I will achieve in life and I have come to accept that good things in life come to those who have patience and is ready to be a hard worker. So, I will not stop here. I will find funds to pay for the rent and have my cold storage one day for sure.