The Alumni Community exists to ensure continued growth, sustainability and peer and mentor support of Ongoza Alumni Businesses. We strive to unify, uplift and amplify our alumni, providing them a platform to showcase their businesses, support each other and connect.
Fundis is a mobile-based application that connects technical service providers and their clients, such as plumbers, contributing to the gig economy. Since 2018, Fundis’ monthly revenue has risen by 527%, they have hired three additional staff members, attracted significant VC investment, and have transitioned from loss-making to profit-making. Fundis has received wide media coverage and hopes to continue growing the company for wider reach and market share. Connect with Fundis at Fundis on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Angela Taiboke runs Taiboke Beauty, a cosmetics services company based in Nairobi. Since joining Ongoza, Taiboke’s revenue has grown by 1045%, opening a new storefront and acquiring 4 new staff members.
Connect with Taiboke Beauty at https://www.facebook.com/taibokemakeupnakuru/
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Carbie Natural Beauty
Caroline is the founder of Carbie Natural Beauty, a natural beauty products manufacturing enterprise based in Nakuru. Caroline also serves as the VP of the Ongoza Alumni Association – Nakuru Branch. Carbie Natural Beauty products include natural hair and skincare products, ideal for both children and adults. They also offer natural hair services and consultations to clients in need, often personalising the services to clients needs. Connect with Carbie Beauty on Facebook and Instagram here
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David Wanjau runs Deevabits Energy,which provides affordable solar lighting solutions to 14,000+ rural Kenyan households, benefiting approximately 70,000 individuals. Deevabits are currently crowdfunding to enable them to address liquidity needs as a result of the pandemic. They’ve undergone proper due diligence by Kiva and their 2nd loan has been approved on their online platform here. You can donate as little as $25 to enable them to continue providing the underserved rural communities of Kenya with off-grid solar technology.
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Desktop Lunches is Joseph Kharisa’s answer to the gap in quality food services in Nakuru. Since joining Ongoza in March 2019, Kharisa has expanded his number of contracts, set up structures in internal processes, financial management and recruitment and opened up a new restaurant within Egerton University. These developments have seen his revenue grow and his team grow from three to eight members. To connect with Kharisa, follow Desktop lunches on Facebook for updates and opportunities.
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Miriam is the owner of Shea Organics, an all-natural organic handcrafted skincare company that caters to both children and adults. Her products are all natural and proudly Kenyan. Shop Shea Organics incredible range products and connect on Facebook and Instagram at shea_organics.
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ARI supports large and small enterprises to build and maintain cloud-based property management software solutions,and consults with clients to figure out the best software-based solutions for their business, before developing and implementing the solution. To connect with ARI and for service enquires, reach out at email@example.com
Genteel Fashions is a fledgeling menswear label that helps African men re-identify with their rich cultural heritage through the clothes they wear.
In line with government directive for citizens to wear masks in public places, Genteel has partnered with Vintara collection (alumni) to manufacture reusable masks according to guidelines given by the Ministry of Health and KEBS. The joint efforts with a social cause are geared towards combating COVID-19.Connect with Genteel Fashions at on Facebook and Instagram at genteel_ke.
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Wamuyu is the owner of Tira Studio, a contemporary furniture and design studio that makes stellar pieces for everyday living. Wamuyu creates employment for artisans through her workshop, improving their quality of life. She recently graduated from the Ongoza boot camp and had high praise for the content and class interactiveness. She hopes to continue her growth process in the advisory program. To shop Tira Studio pieces, connect with their Facebook here and Instagram at tirastudio
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Yusra is the co-founder of Zuri Initiative, a social enterprise that empowers women by involving them directly in the production and retail of natural hair care products. A recent boot camp graduate, The Zuri Initiative allows women to earn income through sales of these products. Their range consists of deep cleansing shampoo, conditioner and nourishing hair food. Their products are currently on sale at the Arbor and The Hub, Karen or online via their Instagram @thezuriinitiative
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