Meet Achieng a young entrepreneur who is redefining the future of children entertainment
“I grew up reading story books of children who would eat lasagna for dinner and play in the snow. I read about how kids would get excited to wear costumes for Halloween. In as much as these stories were fun and entertaining, I could not relate. That is where I got the inspiration to start Kadzo’s Planets. A story series that gives kids a glimpse of the many different cultures in our country.”
Achieng, a graduate of Maseno University, with a degree in actuarial science, started her business in 2018 after realising that the work industry wasn’t as fulfilling as she had hoped. She began writing her own stories which she narrates to kids at schools, hospitals and events such as birthdays, family get togethers and seasonal markets as part of children entertainment. She started by telling stories at Sunrise Children’s Garden at Dohnhom and her business continues to grow.
“When I started Kadzo’s Planets I had the vision to introduce a Kenyan cartoon character that children could relate to. I have written a series of stories about a girl named Kadzo and her small puppy called Bwana, so far the feedback has been amazing ”
Achieng hopes to use her storytelling to teach children about the customs of each ethnic group in Kenya by hearkening back to our foundational cultural memory. This way she will help curb tribalism and discrimination from a young age so that children grow up loving and respecting one another. Achieng aspires to be happy in life and she is also keen on pursuing her dream in music. Her goal is to grow Kadzo’s Planets to be a household name.
“Although I have only been in business for 1 year and five months, I have picked up many lessons along the way and one of the things I have learnt is to be grateful for every opportunity that I have and make the best out of it. The journey hasn’t been a walk in the park, I have encountered many challenges along the way, the top of the list being finding markets for my business, getting the word out there and publishing my stories.”
“My challenges do not hold me back, I have taken the initiative to market my business through word of mouth by talking to parents and reaching out to schools. I have also brought an illustrator on board to help make the stories more visual and appealing to the kids. I also have a team of individuals who I contact to help whenever the need arises e.g. a photographer, face painter and website developer since I am not able to have permanent employees”
“I am fired by the desire to bring my vision to life. That is why I never give up. My advice to all the young entrepreneurs out there is to always believe in your vision and just start. That way you will do what it takes to succeed.”
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