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26-year-old school leaver reaping good cash from Kahawa business

Faith Mekilavo
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Coffee and tea are amongst Kenyan traditional beverages. Coffee selling business famously known as ‘Kahawa’ in Kiswahili has been on the rise for several years across all counties. 

A 26-year-old Omar Nguta from Likoni ventured in this business in 2014.

“I always had a dream of working in the catering and hospitality industry. In 2007, I lost my father immediately after completing my secondary education. This made it impossible for me to continue with further studies since our family’s breadwinner had just passed away,” he narrated.

Omar however did not give up. After the 2007/2008 post-election violence, he got a job as a kitchen assistant at Jamvi Hotel in Likoni. His hard work and dedication enabled him rise to the cook-aid position.

In February 2013, he lost his job due to misunderstandings at the work place.

“This was the darkest period of my life. I tried seeking employment in other local cafes but all efforts were in vain. Early 2014, I decided to start my own small coffee business,” he continued.

At first, he made rounds in different areas in Likoni. After about six months, Omar managed to set up a small stand near Ushindi area. 

His small business has expanded ever since. He now sells Swahili snacks like ‘mitai’, ‘kaimati’, ‘labania’ and samosas to serve as escorts for the coffee.

“In a day, I pocket about Sh1,500 to Sh2,000 in terms of profit. The money has enabled me support my wife and my 5-year-old daughter. I am planning to enrol for a catering and hospitality course in order to pursue my dream career,” Omar said.

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