15 Business Ideas You Never Thought of Starting in Kenya

15 Business Ideas You Never Thought of Starting in Kenya

Before I even share some 15 business ideas you never thought of starting in Kenya, I would like to begin this article with a great quote by the late Myles Munroe that is well directed to entrepreneurs both aspiring and practicing.

People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.” – Myles Munroe

Many Kenyans like to blame the government for the current state of unemployment especially among the youth. They forget that the government is also limited in how much it can do. This is not unique to Kenya though but also some of the biggest economies in the world are or have been in the same state. That’s why the late John F. Kennedy the 35th President of the United States of America in his inaugural address spoke these famous words, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Am not in any way praising the government for the “good work” it has done because a lot leaves to be desired. But you have to give it some credit for some of the things it has managed like improving the ease of doing business. Kenya is ranked no 92 globally from 2016 rankings but still behind Mauritius and Rwanda.

Of the 10 aspects that the World Bank uses to evaluate countries ease of doing business, Kenya scored well on five of them namely: starting a business, ease of obtaining access to affordable electricity, protecting minority investors, registering property and resolving insolvency. Other areas the World Bank evaluates are: dealing with construction permits, getting credit, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders. In my not so successful farming endeavors, I have been into some interior places in Narok and Mwea looking for affordable and conducive land for leasing to farm. From these memorable tours, I can personally testify of the last mile connectivity of electricity is real because those remote places have access to electricity from the national grid.

That said and done here are some business ideas you might have never thought of:

15 business ideas you never thought of starting in Kenya

  1. Ketchup making
  2. Chili sauce making
  3. Tomato paste/sauce making
  4. Extraction of avocado oil
  5. Handmade bar and beauty soap production
  6. African Black Soap (using all-natural ingredients)
  7. Peanut butter making
  8. Mango juice concentrate (with extended shelf life of up to 10 months)
  9. Jam making (all types)
  10. Hand and body lotion production
  11. Making liquid soap (dish wash, shower gel, hand wash, shampoo, car wash, disinfectant. etc)
  12. Reverse engineering clothes
  13. Candy making
  14. Toffee making
  15. Chocolate making

Now that I have shared the 15 business ideas you never thought of starting in Kenya above I know you might be wondering how on earth do I venture into any of these businesses. I have some good news for you; at SME Resource Centre we are committed to making entrepreneurs though the Institute of Entrepreneurial Development. This is a subsidiary of the SME Resource Centre Group tasked with the responsibility of offering quality training on entrepreneurship. Through the make and entrepreneur program, we offer world class technical training on all of the above mentioned 15 business ideas/products and much more.

Make an Entrepreneur Program, Technical Training is structured to give the student the skills and knowledge needed to start their own processing and manufacturing business of their choice at capacity of their choice, i.e. cottage industry level, middle production level or a processing line plant.

The training you get will guarantee you KEBS Certification which will enable your products to be accepted in supermarkets and other retail shop both locally and internationally. you will also be taught where to get the raw materials and how to know the best that will give you superior products over your competitors.

The Course Outline includes the following:

  • -Basic Theory and Applications for each product
  • -Product Standardization
  • -Internal Quality control
  • -product Branding
  • -Raw Material Acquisition
  • -product Packaging
  • -Product Pricing and Costing
  • -Practicals 

Other additional skills you can opt to be taught include: Sales training, Customer Service Training, Business Model Development and Business Planning. As a discount, you will be taught online marketing for free.

As I end, let me again quote the late Myles Munroe: “You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.”- Myles Munroe.

Do you want to be a leading entrepreneur in Kenya? Get in touch with us through: email: smeclub@smeafrica.net

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