This is part of a series of blogs from the four entrepreneurs participating in the Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa initiative. The Xchange is a mentorship and exchange program for high-growth women entrepreneurs based in Africa. The initiative is being run by the Case Foundation, the Mara Foundation, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the U.S. Department of State.
I have benefited a lot from the Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa initiative. I visited one of the youngest successful entrepreneurs in Nairobi, Eric Muthomi. Eric is in agro processing and value addition just like me. Eric, who trained in school as a lawyer, is now the founder and managing director of Stawi Foods. I have a similar story as I am a professional teacher. From Eric's factory a lot was learned. From observing the total hygiene of the premises and workers, to the attractive packaging of the product and the machinery used in all the processing, it was worth the visit and therefore something to take back home.
Knowledge sharing is one of the vital values for success and Eric was free in sharing what has helped him achieve the success he has today. This included how he has been able to acquire funding and win awards. Binoy Zachariah was another amazing entrepreneur that made my visit remarkable. Binoy is a dairy products supplier. Binoy is a grain-milling engineer by profession and is now a proud founder and managing director of Bio Foods. Binoy started his company in his backyard producing yogurt. At this point Binoy's yoghurt is a premium product in the leading stores in Kenya and Uganda. I learned a lot from Binoy. For example: one does not need big sums of money to start a business and be successful. It’s only by determination, hard work and commitment that business people succeed. He is such an inspiring and brilliant entrepreneur.
Read more about the Women's Venture Xchange-Africa entrepreneurs.