Evaline Ambani lives in Bungoma, Kenya with her husband, Thomas, and their three children, Tony, Jessy and Jayden. Each day, Evaline works tirelessly to provide for her family; selling secondhand clothing, known as mitumba, to earn a living. Since first opening her business, Evaline has struggled to generate enough income to support her children’s educations. Tony was in high school and Jessy and Jayden were in middle school, so most of her earnings went towards supporting their educations. She knew that she could generate more income for her family if she had larger supplies of clothing, but she didn’t have the capital she needed to purchase more merchandise for her business.
Everything began to change when Evaline met a client of Opportunity International who encouraged her to join, which she eagerly did. She received her very first loan, which she used to purchase larger supplies of clothing to sell, which has helped her attract new customers throughout the marketplace and increase her sales. Since investing her first loan, Evaline’s profits have increased by 75 percent, giving her the income she needs to give her children a quality education and the chance for a brighter future. She plans on using her current loan to purchase wider varieties of clothing so she can meet more of her customers’ needs and further increase her sales. Now, she is confident that as her business continues to grow she will be able to achieve her dreams for herself and her family, including opening a store where she can sell more clothes more comfortably and create jobs to help other people in her community support their own families.