Monday, May 27, 2024

Daniel Mwangi: From earning Sh. 4,000 salary to buying out his employer’s business

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Daniel Mwangi Macharia is a man who defied the odds and made a name for himself in the world of business. He is proof that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

Mwangi’s journey to success was not an easy one. He scored a D- in his KCSE, but that did not deter him from pursuing his dreams. After finishing high school in 2012, he searched for employment, knowing that he had no chance of joining any university.

One day, while attending a neighbor’s funeral, he heard that one of the guests who had come from Nairobi was looking for a good houseboy from the village. Mwangi saw this as an opportunity to make some money and embarked on a journey that would change his life forever.

For three months, Mwangi worked as a houseboy, cleaning, cooking, and washing. His boss soon asked him to start working in his shop, where he earned Sh. 4,000 every month. He worked at the shop for about two years before he decided to take another path in life.

Mwangi used his savings to pay for rent on a mabati house in Mlolongo, but life became tougher with no clear source of income. He worked as a spanner boy for a mechanic and later started riding a motorcycle while selling boiled eggs to make some money.

In October 2015, Mwangi’s life took a turn for the better when his former employer saw him hawking eggs in the streets of Mlolongo and sold him the shop where he worked before. He used his savings to buy the available stock, and before he knew it, the shop was open for business.

In 2016, Mwangi bought a butchery from his neighbor, but his business stalled towards the end of the year. However, this setback did not discourage him from pursuing his dreams.

Mwangi met a beautiful lady who worked at his former employer’s salon, and the couple fell in love and got married in 2017. They used the money meant for their honeymoon to pay for his wife’s hairdressing course, which she finished in 2018.

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Things started looking up for Mwangi as he expanded his shop into a mini-mart and ran a butchery at the same time. He also opened a salon for his wife and an M-Pesa shop. He soon started a water bottling business and plans to set up more businesses while helping young people in the society find their footing in life.

Mwangi suggests that Kenyans should consider investing their money rather than solely relying on a job. He advises being open to taking risks in the investment process, although ultimately the decision depends on individual circumstances and goals.

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