I got to chat with Mercy about Agribusiness Sector. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology and she rares chicken and their products for commercial purposes. Get to know what led her down this journey and what are her 2 cents on challenges facing entrepreneurs in Kenya. Enjoy and share.
- Tell us about you :
I love this part because I could go on and on…. I am Mercy Judy Wambui Kiarie a.k.a( Mjay) … a mouthful right?? I have a bubbly personality but I am also very very serious when need be. I enjoy my alone time be it; reading, walking or sleeping. I am an active Christian and I serve at church while at it. I love dogs. I am in the Agribusiness sector, mainly dealing with poultry; chicken and chicken products for starters. I do layers and broilers for commercial purposes. I have indigenous for personal consumption but I’m preparing to incorporate the indigenous in the next flock.
- Your best social media platform?
Twitter takes it this year!
- What do you use social media for mostly?
To get the latest information, I collect memes and have a good laugh while at it.
- What did you study?
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology.
- When did you develop a passion for agribusiness?
I grew up seeing my parents get involved in agriculture and I always knew I’d do it at some point in time but I’d never thought it would be now. I can say as I started my personal involvement in the area I fell in love with it, and it has been and still is a great relationship.
- How did you get started with chicken rearing?
Hehe, I laugh at myself when asked this. Well, my dad asked me to quit my job late 2017 and he said that he’d support my business idea and fund it under two conditions: I move back home and I start keeping chicken while at it. The rest is history.
- How many chickens did you start with?
My dad is a serious one, he made me start with 100 layers and 30 broilers. ?? I had to convince him to bring it down.
- Who was your first commercial customer?
A lovely lady I met at a ‘Women in Business” forum organized by SINAPIS in Daystar. She took 3/4the first flock of broilers, I couldn’t fulfil the demand of the clients she referred to me. Bless her ??
- What is your take on farmers using boosting drugs on their chickens?
Well, this was one on my concerns starting out, but I’d really advise against this because it makes the chicken vulnerable to other infections and also it is not healthy for human consumption. It has a long term effect on us. My birds are fed with quality locally manufactured feeds, right quantities and they are vaccinated. If you feed your birds, vaccinate them and take care of them you won’t need the boosters.
- What is your take on mixing family or friendship with business?
DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Draw a line and don’t cross it!
- What are some of the challenges entrepreneurs face in Kenya?
So many Oh Lord! Firstly trying to register a business is such a chore! Also why do I need to pay to show I have no student loans yet I never even applied for them! Actually all that documentation should be free, if you asked me.
Secondly most government policies do not even protect us as the local producers of most if not all products. Imagine importing eggs yet we have eggs from local farmers?? How are we supposed to operate?
Actually I feel if we gave our entrepreneurs a level playing ground reduce on the taxes and fees one has to pay for to do anything our prices of production would be lower hence a fairly priced sale and you won’t need to outsource locally available items.
- How do you manage to keep your private life off social media?
Well, because i understood private life is just that, private.
- Tell us something about Wambui that would surprise us:
She’s a lover (I wear my heart on my sleeve) quality time is my love language and she cries a lot. I love the journey of faith that I am exploring.
- Who are the Top 4 female entrepreneurs you look up to?
Well not all are entrepreneurs and I enjoy being practical and real to me and that I look up to and if anything I could reach out and they would help out.
- Renee Ngamau
- Zahra Moi
- Rosemary Wangari (My Highschool principal)
- Sarah Nyaga (My lovely auntie)
- What advice would you give young you?
You did right by you. And everything falls in place at the right time, relax.
- If you could be the president of Kenya what would you do differently in terms of employment creation and creating a thriving environment for businesses?
Make realistic policies that will be of benefit to start ups. Ensure political stability. Kick out impunity in organizations to create room for new blood and skills. Ensure that interns and trainees are actually paid a reasonable amount for the work they do.
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:
Life is amazing when you have the right people by your side doing it with you. You cannot give what you don’t have; if you don’t love yourself there’s no way you will love others. Be happy and content with what you do. Above all else God blesses the work of your hands, work diligently!
Her Social Media Handles:
Instagram- Ms Wambui K ( @ mjay.kay)