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Agnes Ng’ang’a

Agnes Mulewa Ng’ang’a is becoming one of Kenya’s rising entrepreneurs. She is the chief executive officer of International Brand Solutions (IBS).

The firm worth over Sh6 million, is a fast growing research marketing company that is involved in rebranding to easily meet the market demand and the right audience. Born and brought up in Kawangware slums, Ng’ang’a probably had no clue what her life would turn out to be.

However, she knew she had an investor’s blood flowing in her veins. At the age of seven, this visionary daughter of a civil servant would use her pocket money to purchase pencils at Sh3 and sell them at a higher price of Sh5 to her fellow classmates and save the profits.

This habit continued for the rest of her primary level classes until she got a scholarship to join Ngara Girls High School after passing with flying colours. She used her savings to help her single mum in meeting their daily basic needs.

From selling pencils to eggs in her upper primary, the discipline of saving from her profits taught her some of the critical lessons of being an entrepreneur. “My parents separated when I was young, my dad left, remarried and started a new family.

Six months down the line the firm with only six employees, according to its latest accounts, has already made profits of over Sh1 million.

“There is no law prohibiting youth from becoming billionaires at a young age, stereotyping of wealth associated to the youth should stop, beauty aside – who said that a woman cannot climb up a ladder without connections from a godfather?” she poses.

That is why Mulewa has started a girl empowerment programme to mentor those who want to get into business. “There is a gap in the society, because the current generation of girls is not well groomed for the future.

My target audience in this journey is mainly women and girls in their discovery point of life,” she clarifies. She says girls should give the same attention they give to beauty and fame to education and advancing their professional career.

Source: Rising Africa

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