By MANGOA MOSOTA
Karia opened her firm, Lake Estate Agency Ltd, mid last year, but is quickly making strides.
"I believe in creating transparency, integrity and professionalism with my clients. These are the main key principles of this profession," says Mrs Karia, at her well-furnished office located at Omaloâs Building, along Oginga Odinga Street, Central Square in Kisumu.
She asserts that women can be successful in business if they believe in themselves and also work hard. She says as the world marks International Women Day today, the fairer sex must be aware that the world has changed in terms of roles.
"Unlike some years ago, more women are economically empowering themselves, as opportunities are opening up for them," says the businesswoman who completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in the UK, four years ago.
And in addition to her work, Karia engages in philanthropy. She provides food for over 30 children at an orphanage in Kisumu, fortnightly.
"I believe in giving back to the society, and for me the most fulfilling thing is supporting less-fortunate children," she says, adding that she also feeds street children.
And how did she develop interest in real estate?
Karia took a diploma course in real estate in the UK, and thereafter worked with a firm dealing with property, for close to a year.
She says the encounter opened her world on the intricacies of real estate agency-buying and selling of land and houses and the management of rental houses.