Business Unusual (smartbrands)

Peter Kuguru: The man who dared Coke

Peter Kuguru is known as the entrepreneur who tried to give soft drinks giant Coca-Cola a run for its money. He considers himself among Kenyan entrepreneurs who have endured harsh and crude business competition to stay afloat. His various subsidiaries are now worth Ksh1 billion In 1998, his carbonated drink ...

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Cockroach milk: High protein drink your body is missing

A little cockroach milk with those cookies? Chock full of protein, the insect milk may someday be transformed into a food supplement worthy of human consumption, new research indicates. [see video on milking a cockroach at the bottom] Scientists have found that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its bug babies a ...

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Donkey meat goes on sale as slaughterhouse launched

Kenya’s first donkey slaughter house has finally been opened in Mogotio, Baringo County. That could signal the end to the illegal donkey meat business that has been thriving in areas such as Naivasha where another abattoir is set to commence operations. It will also stimulate business in donkeys and increase ...

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Marketer who built furniture business without capital

When Sammy Njau started this Tangerine Furniture business he only had his daily fare to a furniture showroom that he worked for Having no capital to start a business has been the bane of many youths in Kenya. As a result countless brilliant ideas get lost along the way, and dreams go unrealised. ...

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17-year-old runs poultry business in the slums

Sirjeff Dennis was five when he witnessed a neighbour lose her seven-month old son. Living in the slums of Tanzania’s capital city Dar es Salaam, the mother had spent much of her pregnancy hungry and her son was born underweight and too weak to survive his first year. His death ...

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How to easily win a million shillings from promotions

Money. Money. Money. Who doesn’t want it? Especially when all it takes is to grab the phone and send a word to a certain code. Perhaps you have watched the countless promotions aired on local TV channels, radio and newspapers. How individuals pocket Ksh5000 per hour, while others win colossal ...

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Wealth index: Two Kenyans richer than President Uhuru

A survey released in August by a London-based firm New World Wealth shows that President Uhuru Kenyatta is, after all, not the richest man in Kenya. In fact, Uhuru is not even the second richest man in Kenya despite having large tracts of land in Central Kenya, Rift Valley, Eastern ...

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Chinese Singles Day shopping bonanza comes to Kenya

International e-commerce group Chinabuy, which was recently launched in Kenya, is introducing Singles Day, the largest Chinese shopping festival, to the Kenyan market this year. During Singles Day, which is marked on November 11 (tomorrow), drastically reduced prices will be on offer for hundreds of items for just 24 hours. ...

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Big NSE firms’ shares fall as foreigners dominate

Blue chip counters KCB, Safaricom, BAT and EABL dominated trading Wednesday at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) accounting for 80% of total market turnover, as foreign investors continued calling the shots. With KCB, BAT and EABL recording share price declines, the NSE 20 share index registered a slide for the ...

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Kiambu residents guzzle Ksh14bn worth of booze

Kiambu county residents spend Ksh14 billion on alcohol annually, figures from the National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) show. NACADA chairman John Mututho says a recent research revealed that half of the county’s adult population drink alcohol. He said given that there are 861,000 registered voters ...

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