PHOTOS: University Graduates Make Chapatis in a Kibanda Earning 10,000/= a Day


In Swahili land they say kazi ni kazi, people are graduation with PHD’s and tarmacking out there for the longest time. You may be the most learned person out there but getting a job is damn difficult nowadays.

I bumped into a Facebook post about four graduates who were once street boys now running a kibanda of their own. The three namely Jayath, Kiplimo, David and Josphat are all graduates with degrees from various universities in Kenya running their own kibanda business where they cook and sell chapatis. The three young men have made investments of their own from the money they have made from their chapati business including owning matatus.

The post which motivated me has gotten so much attention with guys congratulating them on their hard work and determination. I know so many young people sitting at home after losing hope finding a job but who says you have to be employed to earn?

Below is a picture of them going through their daily hustle

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“THERE are four young men cooking chapatis daily somewhere in Kayole. I am a lover of chapos and therefore their potential client. They know whenever I am around I will not go without taking a bite of their delicious chapos and supporting their business.
TODAY was a drizzling Sunday especially during the morning hours. For that matter, I spent more time taking shelter in their Kibanda stationed in a matatu stage. I couldn’t resist the temptation to eat more chapos (Hehe Chapo lovers). I found this an opportunity to interact and get to know more about these fellow young men
UNBELIEVABLY, Jayath Achiel 24, holds (BA Education) degree from Egerton, Kiplimo Rugut, 21 holds (CPA-K) from Zetech College, David Makau, 22 holds (BBIT) degree from MMUST, Josphat Kamau, 23 holds (BSc. Zoology) degree from UoN.
They’ve been cooking chapatis for 6 years now. It all started as a part time thing when some of them were still learning. They have 4 jikos and each has a daily target of 250 chapatis to cook. They say each surpass their daily target with atleast 12 chapatis. Simple maths, these young men make a hopping Kshs. 10,000 to the lowest daily given they charge Kshs. 10/ a chapo).
As at August, 2016, they owned a 2-acre piece of land in Lang’ata, Two 50 seater matatu with Forward Travellers generating money daily, 3 apartments , 2 in Githurai 45 in the outcasts of Mwihoko and 1 in Kayole (All occupied with tenants).
Asked what’s their motivation. 1. God. Staying faithful to God. 2. Sufferings. They’ve suffered alot and it has strengthen them, some are former chokoras from Nairobi’s CBD. 3. Equity Bank has been a reliable bank for them in terms of loans.
Amazing how God has uplifted the lives of these young men.”



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