Hamisa Salum Ubuguyu is among the 24 outstanding entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 4th Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards(CMA) in Tanzania.
Business: Water Supply
Financier: Makazi Bora Finance
Location: Mwandege Vikundu, Pwani
Hamisa decided to dig a well in 2015. It was after her husband passed away. She was suffering after losing her life partner and wanted to start making money to sustain her family. Her initial capital was Tshs 4 Million. She got the money from selling a plot.
To cut a long story short, today, she has over 113 customers, she supplies water to. She sells every unit at Tshs 3000 . Her success comes from catering for the need for clean water to the larger community. She started her business due to the scarcity of water and her love to help the community. The loans from Makazi Bora have enabled her to build rentals, and she has been able to pay loans back through her business. She got her customer base due to providing clean water and has been able to maintain them by being respectful, listening to them and having a proper recording system.
Vision: Expand her business to other areas. Start a centre for orphans.
Challenge: Late credit payment. Pipe breakage.
Impact: Avails water to the community, also allows other people to sell the water, thus gaining their livelihood. Enable her to cater for her immediate and extended family.
Opinion: Hamisa did not let her unfavourable circumstance define her life and used the resources she had to start and run her own business.