Starting my business at 22 was a headache, but I have kept the lessons

Ivynne Michelle Okoth, 24, the founder of Kairo, a lifestyle business that deals in women’s handbags as well as fashion and home decor. PHOTO|POOL

What you need to know:


  • I went through moments of self-doubt when I looked at the statistics and considered the harsh realities of managing a start-up
  • It's partly the fear of being part of the failed statistics that kept me going since there is a sense of pride and emotional attachment to something you've created from scratch

Two years ago, when Ivynne was 22 and a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, at the University of Nairobi, she founded her business, Kairo, using a capital of Sh50,000 from her savings.


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