There is no electricity in this area or in neighboring villages. I learned about Solar Sister and then received training from them. With solar light I can weave my baskets even at night.
Who helped you in getting the business going and keeping it running? Where do you go for help?
I started myself with capital support from my husband
What were the most difficult issues you had to overcome and what did you do about it? What problem are you trying to solve currently?
Competition, which I am tackling by building trust in the community. I am now popular in this business and in so many villages surrounding this area. Also, our products have replacement warranty, which is not provided by our competitors.
Were you ever at a stage where you wanted to give up and close down your business?
What should other (women) entrepreneurs try to avoid?
They should remain active and not stay idle at home waiting for their husband to bring everything. This is not good for the future. I also suggest that they avoid credit sales since it has high risks with delays in customer payments.
What were the best three things you ever did for growing your business?
(1) Participated in business skills development and sales practices training organized by Solar Sister; (2) participated in the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair & Exhibition; (3) presented my products to the auction market in different wards.
How do you support women in and through your business?
I am a team Leader of Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Mwada ward, so I normally encourage my friends and group member to work hard and not to be scared to dare to do something which is profitable to them.
What kind of materials do you think would be useful to add to the Knowledge Gateway?
More business and entrepreneurship training and information about how to obtain bicycles to facilitate transportation.