Sea Point – Kilifi Sea Horse.

Sea Point Tented Camp is Located in the Coastal Town of Kilifi off the Mombasa Malindi Road . We have self contained Cottages and Tented Camps with and ensuite facility. This eco friendly facility is the ideal weekend get away from the hassle and bustle of the city.

Our facilities come at a very competitive rates from as Little as Ksh 1000 Bed only / 1500 B/B per Person.We can also arrange pickup from the local Bus Terminus Free of charge. ( call -0723 975 665 / 0726313122 ) To reserve or email simon@kenya2u.com

An ancient 14thcentury coastal Swahili town midway between Mombasa and Malindi, it is steeped in history and culture. It enjoys the most beautiful sites in the coast. Apart from the seafront, a wonderful creek, lined white sandy beaches, the area has a fair tropical weather all year around, making it an ideal place for holiday and retirement. IT’S WORTH to NOTE that Kilifi has been picked by the government as an ideal RESORT TOWN, and that it should be developed as such; Kenya Government blueprint VISION 2030.

 

Kilifi is a town on the Kenyan coast, home to many resorts. It sits on the estuary of the Rare River in Kenya. Located on Kenya’s Northern coastline totaling the whole town to 12,464 square kilometers, it lies between Mombasa and Malindi.


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UKENTV Launch Face of Kenya 2014

Saturday the 12th Saw UKENTV Launch the Face of Kenya 2014 . The event was attended by Senator Hon Wamatangi Paul Kimani  Kiambu County and was officially Launched by Hon Jacob Macharia Mp Molo Constituency. This years Competition will be very Competitive with all Competitors trying to raise Money for various charities .

The very formal and Well organised event was held at the London Hilton Metropolitan Hotel in Park Lane . Kenya2u has agreed to Part sponsor with some of the organising Partners. Congratulations UKENTV.

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Feeling stuck? Sample what works for others at just a click

By MUTHONI NGATIA
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I view the internet as the best place to find business case studies for anything I want to do. PHOTO | FILE

There are very few businesses that you could start and no one else has ever tried to do the same thing before in the world.

Also, there are very few experiences in a business that will come your way and no one has ever encountered them before.

Therefore, as a business owner, your business is probably not as new as you think, and neither are your experiences.

For this reason, as a business owner, you should spend time learning from case studies of similar businesses as well as from other entrepreneurs.

I have been told that many people do not like to talk about their businesses.

While talking to a bank branch manager sometimes back, I asked him what he thought was a good business line, going by what he gathered from his customers.

I was surprised when he told me that most business account holders who frequent his office were usually tight-lipped about their work and how they run their businesses.

It is sad that we are a closed society when it comes to sharing the good and the bad of business.

Thinking about the many successful billionaire businessmen in Kenya who are frequently quoted in the media. I have hardly seen any of them share their experiences or even have books or articles written about their way to success with the aim of sharing with others who are looking for business success.

EMBRACE THE INTERNET

Although we are not such an information-generous community, business people have very few excuses in terms of trying to see what works for others due to the loads of business success information available online.

If you are in business and you still think that the internet is a place for young people or those in the more “digital” corporates, quit marginalising yourself.

Embrace the internet as one of the most resourceful business learning platforms you can ever have.

If you have not already invested in some form of internet connection, either via your mobile devices or office infrastructure, consider doing so.

I view the internet as the best place to find business case studies for anything I want to do.

It is a resource where you will not only find information but also communities of business experts and people who are willing to share their experiences and what they do.

There are many forums where you can find business success information to grow your enterprise, solve problems, or even get comfort that business success is not given but the result of good focus and taking lessons from challenges.

If you are in business or are just starting one, remember that many people have been through what you are trying to do.

Talk to those you know and, as much as possible, make reference to the internet, where millions of business owners and experts have shared their wealth of knowledge.

The author is the CEO/Founder of Openworld Limited. Email: muthoni@openworld.co.ke

Information deficit dampening the speed of investments by private equity funds in East Africa

Private equity funds which are finding their way into East Africa in greater numbers face the challenge of inadequate information in order to make substantial investments in the region.
The Managing Director of DOB Equity, Hedwig Siewertsen, says the operational expenses in the region are high, dimming its shine as an investment destination.
She was speaking during the launch of a Dutch private equity fund, DOB Equity in Kenya.

First class in and out of varsity

For Generations Mentors and business motivators have tried to help us believe in our own ability and to try and define the human journey. It is stories like the one Featured in the Nation recently that Many Entrepreneurs should aspire to:

When Eric Mumo graduated from university with a First Class honours degree in 2009, he got several exciting job offers, but he declined them all.

Fresh from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, the statistics graduate opted for commercial farming and set up his base in the most unlikely of places — his arid village of Nzangathi in Kitui County.

He started with Sh150,000 of personal savings that has now grown into a thriving farm worth Sh16 million in assets and 12 full time employees.

In just five years, Mr Mumo has built up a steady enterprise which includes dairy, fish, poultry and horticultural units on his 15-acre land and won several innovation awards.

At first, his peers and some family members feared that he was gambling with his future instead of seeking formal employment.

They felt, and genuinely so, that his good academic papers and young age should not be channelled into risky and unpredictable ventures like farming but rather into the flashy corporate world.

However, determined to pursue his ambition, and armed with passion for his dreams and a little capital, Mumo bought a Friesian dairy cow.

“I bought the first dairy cow in 2009, and soon after I added two more. I started supplying fresh milk to local restaurants” he says.

Each cow was producing on average 14 litres daily, which he sold at Sh60 per litre at the nearby shops, earning Sh2,520 daily.

With the steady income of Sh75,000 per month, Mr Mumo invested the profits in more cows. Today he has 28 cows.

The breakthrough came when he decided to diversify into tomatoes and water melons.  “My decision to stop relying on rain-fed agriculture and to engage in drip irrigation was the turning point as this ensured I  was in business throughout the year.”

The 29-year-old went full blast when he sunk a borehole, which enabled him to put his father’s entire 15-acre farm on drip irrigation.

“In the first season, I harvested hundreds of tonnes of water melon, which I sold in Nairobi, recovering the costs of my investment and bought an Isuzu pick-up truck,” he  recalls.

With a kilo of water melon then going for Sh32, each trip to Nairobi was fetching on average Sh48,000, and he could make several in one week.

When the Saturday Nation sought Mumo for this interview, we found a delegation of 80 farmers from the Embu Anglican Church Diocese learning from his simple, but effective farming techniques.

The farmer has been recognised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture for his outstanding innovations in food security.

Last year, he was listed among the most innovative and promising young farmers in the country, besides being pre-qualified as a dependable supplier of fish fingerlings in the region.

Mumo stands out because of his ability to integrate all the farming units, where they inter-depend on each other to reduce production costs.

Having recently diversified into commercial poultry and fish farming, all the units now depend on each other and nothing goes to waste.

“We’ve established a poultry incubator which gives us 528 chicks every three weeks and 10 fish ponds each with a capacity to hold more than 3,000 fish but the demand for both is overwhelming,” he said.

He explains that all the four units — dairy, horticulture, poultry and fish — support each other.

“Poultry manure goes to fish ponds to support the algae fed on by fish, the enriched pond water is channelled into the horticulture farm together with recycled dairy manure while the waste vegetables are fed to the chickens in a fascinating cycle which saves production costs.”

The farmer says Ukambani region can easily sustain itself if only enough water was made available to every home.

Every week, he is kept on his toes by overwhelming orders to supply all sorts of produce including day-old chicks, tomatoes, fish, milk to the market.

In a good month, proceeds from milk, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables can fetch him Sh500,000 gross. He makes more when he sells in bulk.

Mumo urges the youth to dirty their hands to make money.

His farm has created 12 direct jobs, and many others indirectly.

Mumo intends to turn his farm into a demonstration centre where farmers across the region can visit and learn from the simple ideas and replicate them in their homes.

IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY

Since Eric Mumo ventured into commercial farming, he has learned on the job the hard way and overcame odds.

From seeking credit to finance his projects, to marketing his far