Civil engineer by profession, Simon Gitau is currently a Construction Project Manager at Astute Artisans Limited, a Nairobi based company he founded back in 2019. In this interview, he shares with us his journey from working as a civil engineer to starting his own business.
After obtaining her degree in journalism, Ann pursued a career in marketing. But in 2014, she decided to quit her 9 to 5 job to kickstart her own business. With only a laptop in hand, she launched The Writing Agency, a content creation company.
"This has changed my life, my company, and changed the life of my employees." - Lornah
2020 was a big year for us. Through our loans and mentorship sessions, we were able to help entrepreneurs improve cash flow and pricing, achieve vertical integrations, and business pivots.
We're now a few months into 2021, and we've already been hearing some positive feedback from the entrepreneurs. Here's a quick overview of some early emerging themes!
“I had to fight for my own food at the age of 17 - it was a difficult experience”
Orphaned at the age of 17, Nixon took it upon himself to take care of his two younger siblings. Forced to find a way to support his family, he had to fight for his own meals and took a job as a dishwasher in a small restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya. Thanks to the business acumen he inherited from his mother, he rose to the rank of manager at this same restaurant, after 6 short months of working there. At this point in time, he realized he had a passion for food. He went to university and graduated with a degree in Food Science and Technology, while running the student cafeteria.
In Correspondence with Justine Awino, CEO of Rhoi Creations, Kisumu, Kenya
Justine Awino is the CEO of Rhoi Creations. Located in Kisumu and Nairobi, Kenya, Rhoi Creations focuses on custom made interior design. Founded in 2012, the company transforms the clients’ home and office into beautiful and functional unique spaces. Justine spoke to us about her entrepreneurial journey and how COVID has impacted her business.