Andrew Muriungi had finished roofing his newly built residential house when he realised the corrugated iron sheet colour and nail caps were not matching.
Standing outside the house on a quarter acre plot in Kitengela Township he saw a heap of corrugated iron sheets sliced off by fundis to fit as they erected the roof. It was a big waste and annoying.
But, Mr Muriungi, then working as an agency business manager with a local media house, saw an opportunity that would give birth to a multi-million shilling investment. That was in 2016.
“I returned to Nairobi and handed in my resignation to concentrate on my new venture where a feasibility study showed me builders only relied on hardware shops to purchase corrugated iron sheets cut at specific sizes of two, 2.5, and three metres,” he recalls.
The University of Nairobi economics and accounting graduate set up Rhino Mabati Factory Limited with his savings and cash from family and bank loan. He raised Sh5 million and was ready to start climbing to his new roof of business.