By Prudence Minayo
It is without a doubt that motorbikes have provided jobs for millions of youths who would have otherwise been jobless. While many buy motorbikes to ferry passengers and goods, Mr Edward Mukundi uses his to run a food business. Rather than do what every other boda boda owner does, he decided to use his in a more innovative way. According to the budding enterpreneur, most boda boda riders make Sh400 profits a day especially during these tough economic times where the cost of fuel is very expensive. With his model, he gets to make upto shs3,000 per day as he shared with a local daily.
Here is his story as told by WoK.
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Hawking booked eggs
In 2011, the man from Chogoria town in Tharaka Nithi county, started hawking eggs. His customers would also ask for fried eggs and this gave him a business idea. Initially, he wanted to move around with a gas cylinder cooker, utensils and eggs on a wheelbarrow. However, he soon discarded the idea as it was a lot of work. As a boiled eggs vendor, he made profits of about Sh600 or less per day.
Then in 2020, he made the decision to acquire a motorcycle and use it as his portable kitchen. He made a metallic box and fixed it with a gas cylinder, cooker and storage for his utensils.
“I go to public rallies, market places and even churches and I fry eggs on order, so I serve my customers fresh and hot,” he told the Nation.
This idea has seem his profits increase tremendously as he makes Sh2,000 to Sh3,000 per day. During the recently concluded campaign seasons, he earned even more than that.
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Not only are his customers satisfied with his eggs but they are always curious to know how he made the mobile kitchen. Despite the high costs of living, the innovative 43-year-old is able to meet his daily needs and pay school fess for his children.
Edward Mukundi believes that very few businesspeople earn Sh90,000 a month. This is why for him the president’s hustler narrative has merit. Mr. Mukundi, who draws a lot of inspiration from the president, Dr.Ruto, is eagerly awaiting for the hustler fund. His hope is to borrow money so that he could expand his business by buying more motorcycles and employing the youths. He believes that the Head of State is the true definition of a hustler because he rose from humble beginnings to the head of state. This gives credit to his hustler narrative which the eggs seller believes gives hope to those with small businesses.