When Zia was in university back in 2013, she began buying and selling second-hand clothing. Fast forward 10 years, Zia is currently running Zia Africa, a leading clothing brand in Kenya.
If the name is familiar to you, it might be because you have seen it featured in our 2022 Impact Report! In this article, we revisit Zia's story and explore how her brand works to promote sustainability.
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.
The informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is a booming and prominent part of national economies. It provides goods and services to both urban and rural communities, and plays a complimentary role by filling gaps the government and private sector fail to fill (Rohregger, et al., 2021). Governments' inability to increase employment opportunities, an overwhelming lack of international competition in the private sector and low levels of education and training have all attributed to the informal sector’s dominance over the formal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa (Turkson, Amissah, & Gyeke-Dako, 2020).
Starting a business is not an easy feat. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources that tackle the most common challenges entrepreneurs face, from securing funding sources to registering a business. Read on to get insight into what it takes to be a business owner in Kenya!