Making packing bags using photocopying papers

Ismael Wachira at his working place in Nyahururu town. Photo (Jacinta Mutura, Standard)
I make packaging bags using photocopying papers.

When plastics bags were banned last year, I noticed that businesspeople in Nyahururu, Laikipia County, were struggling as they didn’t have non-plastic packaging for their products.

I decided to quit my teaching job at a technical institute – I was a computer instructor – and started making packaging bags using photocopying paper.

I purchase a ream at Sh500 and modify the papers into packing bags using a square-shaped metal, and later seal the edges using an adhesive.

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My clients are mostly shopkeepers, cereal and grocery traders and agro vets.

I’ve found plenty of demand in Nyahururu and its neighbouring towns. I make the bags on order and in a day I can make about 3,600 bags.

I have six employees who help me prepare the bags, and market and sell them. I sell them in 100-piece bundles at Sh300, which earns me Sh1,000 in profit per ream.

I believe that if more young people worked towards self-employment, the chances are high that they’d create the opportunities that their peers need.

(Ismael Wachira, 29) 

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