- April 26, 2022
- Posted by: IRC Africa
Patricia Kijedi is an entrepreneur and mentor. She is the founder of Wamak Supplies. She started her entrepreneur journey in 2010 with a single stall. 12 years later wamak supplies have become a wholesaler of beauty and cosmetics space in Kenya and beyond East Africa. She counts God as the true secret to her success!
Patricia is a graduate of Kenya Utalii College and a Business Management scholar. Her last office in the corporate world was as an HR and Administrative Manager. After calling it quits, she embarked on a journey that led her to learn more about the beauty industry from a friend. She did her due diligence on what it took to build a business and was equipped with that information, arrived at her minimum start-up capital and sought financial help from her spouse. Within a month after her research, a business premise location opened up. She then went about identifying the range of products she needed, where to source them locally and an employee to sell these products.
Patricia faced challenges while stocking up the shop by filling up her shelves in order to have a mouth-watering display to attract customers. She would place empty boxes behind the little stock she had to give the illusion of a fully stocked shop. Talk about patience! Slowly by slowly the business started picking up and the customer orders multiplied and she realised she couldn’t sustain the wholesale orders with the price she was getting locally. With continued financial support from local Banks and Saccos. She began taking trips to China, Thailand, U.A.E, India and Turkey. Her first trip was particularly memorable because she had never travelled abroad before. She was able to find a market that tailored their products. Today Wamak Supplies is a leading cosmetics retail and wholesale venture locally and internationally able to bring in full container shipment.
She can say that the core value of quality, availability and great is what has ensured their mark of quality. She is the main Distributor of Sansiro Perfumes from Turkey. She mentors young upcoming entrepreneurs and also gives back to the community through CSR to a self-help group called Isilan in Kajiado County. She aspires to Inspire before she Expires.
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