Interview series: Zohra Baraka

Meet Zohra Baraka, Founder and Director of Mohazo Eximpo Limited.  Mohazo Eximpo sells and distributes handcrafted items in the global marketplace. Zohra wears many hats. She is also the Chairperson of the African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Kenya Chapter and serves on boards of various organisations including Kenya’s National Committee on AGOA (the African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a government parastatal under the Ministry of Trade. What led you to setting up your business? I initially wanted to join employment and looked for a job for a while. I had been [...]

Interview series: Felix Mutisya

Felix Mutisya, a former night guard, and his wife Susan, a teacher, embarked on an ambitious journey 12 years ago to start a primary school. Together, they have successfully pioneered two schools in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi where they are educating over 600 students. Felix sat down with us to share his story. What led you to setting up Merry Cliff School? I started the school in 2006 with my wife Susan. We realised that there were no public schools around the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums where we lived. There was only one school which was about [...]

Interview series: Saidi Ahmed Ndope

Saidi Ahmed Ndope can be summarised as a young, ambitious and determined go-getter. At only 35 years of age he has managed to grow his portfolio at Markmann & Co. Ltd by steering the product development and R&D departments to greater heights over the last couple of years. Starting off his career as a Sales & Marketing Executive in 2009 right out of University, he steadily rose up the ranks to hold his current position as the General Manager. Saidi was one of the participants in Creative Metier’s coaching programme for Small and Growing Business (SGBs) in Kenya. We caught [...]

Interview series: Saheel Shah

Saheel Shah is the co-founder of Kenya’s Adpack Limited, one of the fastest growing packaging businesses in East Africa. Saheel started the business five years ago with his father. Adpack Limited manufactures gunny bags or woven sacks that are used to package cement, agrichemicals, fertilisers and feeds for the farming sector. Saheel sat down with us to talk about what inspires him as a leader and to discuss his entrepreneurial journey. What led you to setting up Adpack? I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came to Kenya on a ship when he was 14 years [...]