Beautifying your garden at no extra cost

Simple concrete pots are an excellent way to update your back and front garden without spending a fortune, while also adding a new texture to it. Even without a garden, concrete planters can be used to add outdoor feel to the aesthetics of a facility or a home. Concrete planter boxes, pots and vessels are versatile and easy to use, and with so many sizes available, you can transplant existing flowers and shrubs, or do a whole new update for every season. For people who like to move plants around…

IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Grant Brooke, CEO and co-founder, Twiga Foods and Kevin Gakuru, a food kiosk owner, who used the blockchain for a microfinance loan. Late last year Nairobi-based Twiga Foods, a business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services for its clients. Grant Brooke, co-founder the $13 million start-up explains, “Previously, we were focused on helping farmers distribute bananas, tomatoes, onions and potatoes to 2,600 kiosks across Kenya, but we soon realized that we could…

Just how to use science of storytelling to boost sales

By CEO Africa Team Personal stories most of time do not sell. Counting on it is a wrong idea. It is not about you. One of the worst things salespeople can do is tell stories that put the focus on themselves. Why Sales Stories Sell? Captivating your audience in sales is an art as much as it is a science. But I would say that only 20% of people who use it understand it, and the rest have no idea what they are doing. A good salesperson knows how to talk;…

Young innovators in a bid to tackle Kenya’s toughest challenges

By Jacktone Lawi In a bid to solve the rising socio economic and political challenges, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa held an exhibition to showcase brilliant and innovative projects by 16-year-old students as part of its curricular programme to create outstanding young entrepreneurs, scientists and future leaders. The annual Personal Project Exhibition of the Academy’s Year 10 students represents the culmination of intensive year-long projects that identify areas of need, backed up by intensive research which are then developed into a viable product or outcome. The exhibition featured about 80…

The World Is Drinking Contaminated liquescent

Governments are supposed to ensure clean water for swimming, fishing, cooking, bathing, washing, irrigation, drinking among others. Unfortunately, after more decades of regulations, waterways are in serious jeopardy. Toxic runoff from industries, improper disposal of medications and agricultural runoff from concentrated animal feeding operations and large factory farms all contribute to a severe water pollution problem. Not only are groundwater aquifers rapidly depleting, but much of the world’s water supply has become too contaminated to drink or bathe in. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly two billion people…

Cyber firms warn of malware that could cause power outages

The Internet is no longer the safe place it was many years ago. Malware, or malicious software, is on the rise and can be found in all corners of the Internet. By simply navigating to a website or opening an email, you are at risk of infecting your computer. Malware takes the form of code, scripts, content and even legitimate software to obtain access to your computer and the personal information it houses. Malware is the umbrella term used to describe many different types of malevolent software. Computer viruses, computer…

Competition pushes businesses to incorporate digital market

The digital market is continuing to gain momentum in the country creating an upturn in E-commerce enterprises across the board altering not just the retail market but also business in general. Online retail is a vast and thriving industry at the moment the question however is if e-commerce in Kenya is still at its formative years, why should be holding conversations on retail disruption? In this day and age everything from clothing, electronics and even food has gone online. The growing middle class coupled with the need to shop conveniently…

Building effective business plan

When you are thinking of starting your own small business, it is hard not to get carried away by all the excitement. But for every entrepreneur that makes it look easy, there is another who fails, in fact almost half of all new businesses in Kenya close within three years, according to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics. So what are the things that you should consider before taking the plunge to give you the best chance of success? Be clear about your “why?” Embarking on the road to being a…

All roads now lead to Gramo Suites Executive Apartments in Kileleshwa

By Erick Ludeya Anyone driving or walking along Durham road off Gichugu road in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa estate will, by default, be attracted to one of the most amazing and eye catching property in the leafy suburb. The Gramo Suites executive apartments have not only become the talk of town but now increasingly becoming the ultimate target for a good number of the City residents. Gramo Suites is located in a serene and quite environment, the apartments have been built to unique standards. According to one of the Directors, Mr. Amos…

Air Pollution Is Linked to meagre Siesta

If you are among the 35 percent of Kenya adults who are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, a silent intruder in your bedroom could be to blame: air pollution. With well-known adverse effects on your heart and lung health, study looked closely at the effects of two widespread pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is traffic-related air pollution, and PM2.5, or fine-particle pollution, which is less than 2.5 micrometers in size which is responsible for reduced visibility. Both of the pollutants had an influence on study…