BOAF Inducts Mr. Kennedy Thiong’o to 10,000 Points of Light
“On behalf of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF), it is my pleasure and honour to welcome Mr. Kennedy Thiong’o to the prestigious 10,000 Points of Light (POL) club, as number (BOAF0431) towards our target of 10,000 names in the BOAF, for his role in the cosmetic industry,” said Stanley Karombo, a member of the BOAF initiative powered by The 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.
Mr. Thiong’o (24) does not sell the fruits, but prepares avocado oil to make cosmetic products for sale. Kennedy has a registered his company called Kencardo.
Avocados are said to contain chemicals that clear skin blemishes, elongate and strengthen human hair as well as remove wrinkles and moisturise the skin – effects which are highly sort after in the cosmetics industry.
Mr BOAF Inducts Mr. Kennedy Thiong’o toBOAF’s 10,000 Points of Light Thiong’o told Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri on the www.the1873fm.com radio show on Friday that he started his company with a Sh3,000 which was contributed by his family members.
“At the moment, I produce and sell just five litres of avocado oil from 80 kilogrammes of the fruit every month. A litre of the product retails at Sh4,000.
“He adds that in countries such as New Zealand and Australia, a similar quantity would go for Sh7, 000.”
Avocado oil use in the cosmetics industry is growing, largely in France and Germany where it is used in cleansing creams, moisturisers, skin care products, hair conditioners, lipstick, sun lotions, bath oils and makeup bases.
The oil is said to contain vitamins A, D and E. One of its endearing qualities is that it does not have a strong smell, making it easy to use.
Kennedy buys the fruit from local farmers and traders. To fasten the ripening, he stores rotting materials underneath the crates carrying the fruits.
According to him, the avocado business is very lucrative overseas but has not picked locally despite the capacity to produce more here.
About 100 million avocados are shipped out of the country annually, mostly to Europe. This amount is expected to double in the next five years, especially if the ban on exports to South Africa is lifted.
“For youth who are afraid to step up and take risk into entrepreneurship, I say , like Kennedy should come up with different ideas and create jobs for themselves by doing unique things,” said Mr. Stanley Dube station manager of The 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.