Casper Nyagaka: How I make Sh50, 000 in a good day from my Mandazi business
SEE ALSO :Start-ups win Sh1m scale-up capitalDetermined, Nyagaka travelled to Uganda to research on the business and after visiting a few bakeries, a newly acquired friend offered to teach him. “To understand more about my passion, my buddy travelled back with me and we set up a new shop in Huruma area, far away from my first competition,” he said. It is here, that Nyagaka baked his first kangumus and christened them KDF, “The name KDF does not stand for anything and has no links with the Kenyan Defence Forces,” the form four dropout says. According to Nyagaka, KDF became a household name first within Huruma; customers would queue at his ‘factory’ every morning. Meanwhile, his business was growing. And with time, Nyagaka increased production and hired more employees to meet the growing demand. Today, he has 40 employees working 24 hours at his bakery.
SEE ALSO :Man who sells eggs from his Mercedes“The staff works day and night to cook about 100,000 pieces daily. Preparation of KDF does not require much skill other than measuring and cutting the mandazi pieces into equal pieces,” he said. The pieces are then shaped, deep fried for five minutes and packaged for market. Each pack retailing at Sh60, carries six pieces. KDF has a week’s shelf life. At the moment Nyagaka supplies Nairobi, Naivasha, Kitengela and its environs. He also uses riders to do deliveries around Nairobi. This sees him pocket about Sh50,000 on good day but sometimes power outage slows him down. “So far so good, more so now that KDF is big,” he told Citybiz.
SEE ALSO :How to run a successful barbershopOnce the KDF business becomes stable, Nyagaka has plans to expand into bread baking.