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Monday, 28 April 2014

23 Year Old Kenyan Entrepreneur Who Runs 3 Businesses And is Putting Himself Through University

Meet Buken Makokha, a 23 year old Kenyan entrepreneur who grew up in the impoverished slum of Gatina on the western outskirts of Nairobi. He runs a delivery service company, owns a barber-shop, sells energy efficient stoves and is currently putting himself through university. Truly Inspiring!!! There is truly no excuse for failure.

Growing up in Gatina, Makokha became a multitasking entrepreneur out of necessity so he could pull himself out of poverty. One of the biggest challenges, he says, was feeling alone."We youth in the slums are not supported," says Makokha. "So you have to struggle with everything," he continues. "You don't have a mentor, you have no place to run for help that is what is making me work every day very hard.". By 3am, he's already up, studying and preparing his school assignments for later in the evening; by 7am, he enters the green doors of "Clean Touch," the barbershop he set up 3 years ago.

By 8am, he leaves the shop to an employee to start running his SkyHighSwiss courier service, making personal deliveries all across the busy Kenyan capital, whilst checking every now and then his Facebook page for any orders for his latest business venture: selling EcoZoom clean burning cooking stoves. By 4.30pm, Makokha parks his motorbike, and heads to Maasai Mara University where he is a 1st -year student of community development.  Lectures last from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and by 10pm he's in bed only to wake up at 3am again the next day to do it all over again.

Makokha says he always wanted "to become an entrepreneur and a risk-taker." Determined to make it, he started "Clean Touch" to earn money by shaving his clients and allowing them to charge their phones. Thanks to his hard work and determination, he can now afford to pay for his own accommodation and also attend university. But the self-made entrepreneur says he wants to better the lives of people in his community too.

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