Kimani Wa Makaratasi:How he used 1600 Mshwari loan to build a Multi-millions empire

Charles Kimani, a THIKA-based entrepreneur popularly known as Kimani Wa Makaratasi is a true reflection of hardwork and resilience.

The founder of Jamii products, a company that specializes in the manufacturing of eco-friendly carrier bags, has become a become a beacon of inspiration among youths.His inspirational entrepreneurial journey is a clear proof that with determination, one can build up an Multi-millions empire from a scratch.

Unlike in many other Multi-millions businesses, Kimani’s entrepreneurial journey began modestly.

Kimani’s star in business World was lit in 2018, when government announced ban on plastic bag. Armed with entrepreneurial spirit, he embarked on a mission to provide a lasting solution. He formed Jamii Yetu Products, a eco-friendly paper manufacturing company that risen to a Multi-millions empire.

It was a new dawn, and I decided to be part of changing the narrative in the packaging industry. I developed a business model to offer a sustainable solution and gave birth to Jamii Products Limited,” he explains.

Kimani Wa Makaratasi humble beginnings : Ksh. 1600 Mshwari loan

What makes Kimani’s entrepreneurial journey more intriguing is his humble beginnings. He began his business wish 1,600 shillings he had borrowed from Mshwari. He attributes his success to God’s grace.

“I started with a loan of 1,600 from M-Shwari. It is on record. When I saw it was growing, I knew this is God’s love.” he said.

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Jamii Products is a key producer of khaki paper products, including envelopes, gift bags, packaging bags, popcorn bags, khaki rolls for packaging, cake boxes, and book covers, among others.

What’s sets the products apart is the fact that they are biodegradable and cost-friendly to the consumer.

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Also, Kimani’s has shown unwavering commitment to social inclusion. Kimani, an innovator at heart, provides free training to people living with disabilities and former prisoners, equipping them with hands-on skills.

On the other end of the spectrum, the training program is accessible to all, with a fee of Ksh 15,000, requiring no machines and spanning 7-10 days, with no age or education limitations.

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His workshops are not just about creating flower vases, candle holders, or dust bins from recyclable materials; they are about building futures.

To date, Jamii Products has trained over 8500 individuals and offered employment to 19 people, including three with disabilities and one individual who spent seven years behind bars.

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We have empowered 25 groups for disabled in kibra ,Kiambu ,Nanyuki and 6 prisons in Central and Nairobi regions and more that 23 school for intellectual challenge units,” he said.

Moreover, Kimani’s initiative reaches far beyond Kiambu County. He has empowered 25 groups for disabled individuals in various regions, fostering a sense of belonging and self-reliance.

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The impact of Jamii Products extends even further. By providing materials and tools to his trainees, Kimani ensures that his knowledge becomes a catalyst for more enterprises.

His vision goes beyond just recycling; it’s about creating a circular economy where waste is not just discarded but transformed into opportunities for growth and development.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Kimani’s work is his determination to spread the message of sustainability.

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“I am profoundly grateful to announce the establishment of a branch for my siblings in Naivasha town, where they will continue the noble work in that area. As I gaze hopefully toward the horizon, I am positioning myself to be an integral contributor to the ongoing efforts of mitigating the effects of climate change, conserving the environment, and fostering community engagement through behavioral and social change.” Said Kimani.

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