Julia Njeri took over her son’s furniture workshop after he perished in a road accident.
Her late son, Francis Muinuri, owned and operated a furniture workshop in Molo town before meeting his untimely death in the Karai accident along Nakuru-Naivasha highway.
From working as a farmer and a grocer, Julia had to learn the art of joining pieces of wood together to make furniture after Francis’ brother who had taken over the business didn’t see it fit for him.
“I watched him struggle to build the business from scratch and felt the urge to keep the business going in honor of my late son,” said Julia.
An excited Julia says that she was eager to learn as she watched closely as others did it adding that practice is what made her perfect her skill in carpentry.
Julia said that her current business enables her to make more money as compared to her previous one, garnering KSh200,000 per month.
She sells most of her pieces on order in Molo, Keringet and Olenguruone areas of Nakuru County.
“I get happy when I see my business creating jobs especially to youths, who come train at my shop and end up perfecting their skills. Some end up opening their own shops,” Julia said.
Adding to it, Julia said that the biggest challenge she has encountered is the rising cost of timber, which she has learnt to adapt and work with what is there.
Her wish and desire is to expand her business that will benefit many people especially the youths.