Mrs Josephine Gichuru looked for a job when she could not further her studies due to lack of fees after completing high school education in 1984. She was employed as a truck driver in a fisheries company where she worked for two years.
“I went to live with my sister in Kisumu (after high school) where she worked. This is when I secured a job as a driver at the Kenya Fisheries,” she says adding that the job took her to various cities in East Africa.
In 2002 she got another job with a security company called Modern Security Firm as an alarm attendant. The job, she says was satisfactory although her Sh4,000 salary a month was not enough to meet all her needs.
“Although I was paid a salary of Sh4,000, I got satisfaction in the job and I was able to save a little,” she says. “I had passion for it and therefore I did it wholeheartedly.”
When her savings grew to Sh30,000, she started a second-hand clothes business. “The business helped me achieve financial stability,” she says. The venture did well and soon it was worth more than Sh200,000.
When she though she was on the verge of smiling all the way to the bank, the 2007/2008 post-election violence erupted and in a blink of an eye her business was looted to a bare rubble.
“After losing everything I had, I was reduced to a beggar. I moved from Kisumu to Nakuru Showground where displaced people sought refuge,” she recalls.
Her entrepreneurship spirit could not allow her to just sit helplessly and wait for relief food at the IDP camp. She rented a single room in Nakuru and started making and selling liquid soap and charcoal.
After a few months in the IDP camp, she contacted her former employer, Modern Security who offered her a job again in Nakuru from 2008 to 2010.
“From my salary as well as soap and charcoal business, I managed to save Sh300,000 which I used to start my security firm Maxiguard Security Ltd in 2010 in Nakuru,” Mrs Gichuru says.
The entrepreneur has faced a number of challenges such as unfair competition, clients’ failure to pay for services and terrorism but her Resilience and determination brought her to limelight .
Her firm operates in Nakuru, Nyahururu and Laikipia, Kenya.