#CampusHustle: Meet 22-year-old who pays fees from selling head wraps
6 days ago, 14:04
Maryne Keseri, the first born in a family of five from Nakuru started her entrepreneurial journey way back when she was still in high school.
According to the bubbly 22-year-old, she had already established a liking for head wraps and fashion at a tender age.
After joining Multimedia University in 2014 to kick start her career in journalism, her passion for stylish head wraps became more apparent.
Keseri vividly narrates how she first fell in love with headwraps.
“I have been doing headwraps for about 9 years now. When I was joining high school, I remember I couldn’t step out without a headwrap on. My mum was surprised how I will survive through high school with a headwrap,” she recalls. “When my teachers saw my headwraps, they loved them because they were distinct.”
Being laughed at
Fast forward to her first semester in campus, she was still wearing head wraps. Unlike any other young adult, Keseri still felt confident rocking her stylish wraps despite constant unpleasant jokes from her peers.
“I came to the university and people would laugh at me. I had a distinct way of dressing plus my head wraps.”
She later become popular for her unique dresses and her fellow students, some of who used to laugh at her became curious.
“Now everybody wanted to know how I do my head wraps and deras.”
It is at that point that it dawned on her that she could actually make money out of her passion.
“Something got into me and I decided to find out where I can get deras to sell in bulk. Someone told me I can get them at a cheaper price in Mombasa,” she recounted her first experience to travel to Mombasa.
“I only had Sh5,000 and a family friend gave me Sh3,000 so I had enough money for my transport to and fro. I didn’t know anyone in Mombasa or where I was going specifically but I had Faith in God.”
At the time, she was a brave 19-year-old girl who wanted to make ends meet and thus she didn’t mind the distance she had travelled just to try her luck in entrepreneurship. Thanks to her sassy nature, Keseri bonded with a stranger who later became her contact person in Mombasa.
“I came back to school with one stylish dera and everyone wanted it. I remember after just a few minutes in the school compound, I had sold at least 10 deras. In three days, I had sold everything.”
With her dera business now doing well, a different idea crossed her mind. She started selling mabuyu.
With savings from her two businesses, AfriKeseri Kollections was born. Her collections deals with African designs, headwraps, men’s suit, African fabric and soon, a shoe collection.
With a branch in Eldoret town, Keseri has so far created solid employment opportunities for about five people. In a good month, she records sales of up to Sh60, 000.
Balancing work and school
With a lot in her plate, I was interested to know how she balances work and school. She divulged that it is quite a challenge ...
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