Many Kenyans tend to despise menial jobs and often look for white collar jobs. However what most people don’t understand is that with the right mindset, one can rise from a humble beginning to become successful in their lives.
Here is one such story of 33 year old Lucy Wangui Wanjiru – who started out as a waitress and now owns Hillock Enterprise limited – a successful transport company.
Here is her story as told by WoK.
Lucy Wanjiru Wangui was born and raised in Central, Kenya. She attended Kerugoya primary school before joining Mutira Girls High School for her secondary education.
After her O-levels, she enrolled for a short course at Fir Food and Beverage college located at Harpers Ngong Road where she pursued a course in food and beverage.
When she completing the short course, she enrolled for a certificate course in Human Resource Management at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). She later pursued a Higher Diploma in Management and Leadership at the same institution.
The Journey and founding her company
After clearing her studies, Lucy began searching for a job in Nairobi to no avail. She ended up doing low paying jobs including working as a waitress for months.
It was until in 2012 when she got an idea of venturing into the transportation sector. She quit her job and using her little savings from her waitress job, she founded Hilluck Enterprises Limited in 2013.
She serves as the chief executive officer of the company which acts as a link between clients and companies exporting flowers to Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Belgium and other first world countries.
According to a recent report, Kenya approximately exported over 142,000 tons of flowers and her company was among the companies that contributed to that huge figure.
After her success in the business world, Wangui plans to reciprocate that in the political arena. “
My love for politics began when I was in college. Since time memorial I have been working with various groups in the community helping them access the women and youth fund, to raising capital for their business. I love being there for members of the community. I am an aspirant who genuinely cares about the community,” she stated during a past interview with one of the local dailies.