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Palmer Smokie: Mayai-Smokie Pasau Vendor With A Trolley Pimped With Speakers And Screens 

  • Palmer Smokie made headlines for his innovative smokie-mayai pasua business
  • His trolley is fitted with screens and plays music to his customers

Young Kenyans are finding innovative ways to run their businesses and maximize profits.

Having embraced entrepreneurship, most are working smart to earn a living at a time when employment opportunities are scarce. 

This is the case with Palmer, a third year student pursuing a diploma in Information Technology at Nairobi Technical Institute. 

The uniqueness of his business got him invited to showcase his buzzing ‘enterprise’ at Safaricom Hook launch, a product that targets Gen Z. 

His venture

Palmer sells smokies, samosa, boiled eggs and Kebabs in the streets of Kayole Masimba. Rather than have the standard trolley everyone else uses to display their food, he came up with a different look. 

He has pimped his trolley by equipping it with speakers and screens. Customers get to enjoy music as they snack on their favorite street food. 

Smart business 

In an interview with a local blog, Palmer Smokie revealed that he has not used money from his pocket to transform the trolley. 

Rather, it is money from the business, started in 2021, that helped him pimp the trolley. Like any other business, he reveals that in order to make good returns one has to push and stand out amongst the competition. 

The young entrepreneur believes business is good especially with employment not being a guarantee. 


This is not the first time young Kenyans are finding ways to earn that extra coin. In 2022, Peter Gichuhi, known to many as Jackson wa Burgers, made headlines when he revealed he made up to Ksh160,000 from hawking burgers. 

The founder of Full Munch Burgers started his entrepreneurship journey while he was still in high school. 

He wakes up at 3am to start preparing the burgers which he hawks to his loyal customers. On a good day, he sells between 50 to 80 burgers each going for Ksh100.