Young farmer (Ms Maryanne Wairimu – 23) makes a fortune selling seedlings
The difficulty of finding a job in Kenya has seen many young people pursue the opportunities in agribusiness rather than spend years looking for employment. One such person is Ms Maryanne Wairimu Kinuthia, 23. But unlike those who take up farming by chance, Ms Wairimu has always been interested in agriculture as it has been her family’s mainstay.
Business Beat found her tending to seedlings in a nursery bed in a greenhouse on her parents’ farm in Kiserian, Kajiado County. Like many successful entrepreneurs, she started her business to fill a gap she saw in the market. “After finishing my studies in 2012 and getting a diploma in technology and physics from the Technical University of Kenya, formerly the Kenya Polytechnic, I decided to get into farming seedlings instead of waiting a year to get a job. “I had come across farmers who were struggling to find specific fruit or vegetable seedlings, so I was confident I would have a market,” says Wairimu.
She started researching how to roll out her idea by utilising greenhouse technology, and armed with a capital of Sh100,000 — from her savings and Sh70,000 from her parents — she was ready to get started. Today, Wairimu is the proprietor of Gad-Eden Greenhouse Seedlings and Nursery, a company that sells horticulture seedlings. In addition, she also harvests vegetables and fruits from her demonstration farms, which she sells to hotels and supermarkets.
DRIP IRRIGATION INSTALLATION She owns two greenhouses, one measuring 5m by 10m and another 8m by 15m, where she propagates her seedlings, and uses a drip-irrigated field for practical demonstrations.
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