Agnes Mulewa Ng’ang’a looks like she has just stepped out of a glam magazine. She has the poise of a model and a radiant smile that lights up her face.
This 22-year-old is quickly becoming one of Kenya’s rising entrepreneurs. She is the chief executive officer of International Brand Solutions (IBS).
The firm worth over Sh6 million, is a fast growing research marketing company that is involved in rebranding to easily meet the market demand and the right audience. Born and brought up in Kawangware slums, Ng’ang’a probably had no clue what her life would turn out to be.
However, she knew she had an investor’s blood flowing in her veins. At the age of seven, this visionary daughter of a civil servant would use her pocket money to purchase pencils at Sh3 and sell them at a higher price of Sh5 to her fellow classmates and save the profits.
This habit continued for the rest of her primary level classes until she got a scholarship to join Ngara Girls High School after passing with flying colours. She used her savings to help her single mum in meeting their daily basic needs.
From selling pencils to eggs in her upper primary, the discipline of saving from her profits taught her some of the critical lessons of being an entrepreneur. “My parents separated when I was young, my dad left, remarried and started a new family.
So we did not have a proper father-daughter relationship, but that did not stop me from achieving my dreams. I chose to focus and promised myself that one day I would not let any other girl like me lack what I lacked,” she says.
When we met for the interview by the poolside at her home, Mulewa said her company has worked for some startups in the country including instyle, Sufuria.com, Atlas, Cake-city and Plumbing Doctors.
Having achieved good results in this sector, IBS is now targeting top local companies such as Safaricom and Airtel with an aim of increasing their clients with research market findings.
Six months down the line the firm with only six employees, according to its latest accounts, has already made profits of over Sh1 million.