Kelvin Musyoka- Rembo International (Nairobi)

Kelvin Musyoka started off as a second-hand clothes vendor in Machakos, stocking and redistributing ladies wear from Gikomba market, Nairobi (Kenya’s largest open-air market). He couldn’t generate enough business at his stall to pay rent, so he switched to selling clothes over WhatsApp. Eventually he would start his own brand in Nairobi, called Rembo International (derived from “mrembo,” the Swahili word for beauty). He now manufactures and sells bags and accessories made out of leather and African fabric. Their products are ideal for travel (luggage), school (backpacks), or even simply looking stylish (leather jackets) Since joining Ongoza in July 2017, Kelvin has nearly tripled his client base and pitched his business to angel investors on Season 2 of Lions' Den (Kenya's version of Shark Tank). He was offered $25,000 in seed capital.


Wyclif Otieno- KITO International (Nairobi)

KITO International was founded in Nairobi County, Kenya in 2010 by Wyclif Otieno, with the motto; “By the youth for the street youth.”Having lived in the streets himself, Wyclif created KITO with the aim of providing life skills and vocational training for his peers. Under the brand name Eco-Safi, KITO runs a social-enterprise selling hand-detailed boutique paper bags from recycled paper, sandals made from old car tires and screen-printed shirts. Within 1.5 years of operation with Ongoza, KITO’s revenue rose from an average $525/month to $1,701/month. A portion of the profits fund KITO’s rehabilitation program for street youth and employment opportunities for their trainees.


Byron Geogidius - Picha Tamu (Nakuru)

Byron wanted to create a platform where youth are engaged and empowered to build their own social business entreprises. In 2008, frustrated by his employer and looking for a source of income, Byron Geogiadius, partnered with his thespian friend Daniel Moshe, and started Picha Tamu, a theatre-group-turned-social- enterprise focused on youth empowerment in Nakuru County, Kenya. The group soon realized they needed to expand their revenue sources, and diversified their enterprises to include an agri-business and garbage collection business. His proudest moments are when he see’s the youth empowered and moving beyond the group to start their own social business ventures.


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