From Hawking Tea in Githurai to Owning a Multi-Million Mitumba Business in Gikomba Market (Photos)

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In a Youtube interview conducted by Lynn Ngugi of Tuko News, a business lady identified as Jane Wamuyu Kang'ethe narrated her successful journey of owning a business in Gikomba market. However, life has not always been rosy for the mother of three started life by hawking tea and mandazi's in Githurai market and additionally surviving an abusive relationship with the father of her kids.[Photo courtesy]

The 37-year-old single mom developed her business acumen from her mom who sadly passed on when she was 12 years old. From a young age, she developed a thick skin of serving on herself as she used to fend for herself while still living with her brother. After failing to raise enough school fees to join college, she went to live with her elder sister who owned a hotel in Githurai market. She was offered a slot in the hotel to hawk tea and mandazi in the market and she was to be paid on commission but all was not well as she ran into massive losses. This made her resort to hawking belts in Nairobi CBD and within a very short time, she was supplying the belts to various boutiques in town. The increased capital enabled her to purchase bales of various mitumba items and also started rearing rabbits in large numbers but the two businesses collapsed shortly after.[Photo courtesy]

After a long struggle, her husband got a very good job in a Car sales company but his attitude towards the wife changed and she felt left out and unfortunately, she fell into acute depression for 2 years. Fate had it that he husband lost the job and they went back to struggling to pay rent and feeding her children. The family helped her to raise around Ksh 100,000 which she used to start her own boutique before moving to gikomba where she learnt the ins and outs of the business. She currently runs two big stores in Gikomba and another store in Buruburu which earns her a fortune.[Photos courtesy]

Catch up with the whole interview on this link.

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