Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka
After Graduating in Interior Architecture from The Glasgow School of Art- University of Glasgow, Wanjiru moved back to Kenya set up a company specializing in Interior Architecture for individuals, hotels and corporate organizations. Organizations included Coca-Cola with the first project designed for them by Amber Africa being featured in their Annual reports. Projects Wanjiru did were within Kenya as well a a Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius.
While running Amber Africa Limited, Wanjiru set up a fashion house called Dawn Of creation with the label,”Spice”. Spice was created to “shake”, “shift” the way we dressed and accessories we carried as women in Kenya, using locally available materials . Dawn of creation pushed the boundaries by creating style hessian clothes as our signature fabric combined with leather.
After 11 years of running Amber Africa and Dawn of creation , Wanjiru realized the need to create the first children’s brand from Africa. Funkidz was started 3.5 years ago and is currently selling in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. It is an exciting, innovative children’s brand targeting children from age 0-16 years.
What gets Wanjiru up every morning is a burning fire and desire to make a difference in the society she lives in and in the world at large. Wanjiru strives to do this using her gift of creativity. Being a creative entrepreneur makes her heart beat.
Being an entrepreneur is not enough for Wanjiru as she believes in mentoring young men and women whenever she can, to believe that they can be anything they dream they can be, as well as their dreams do not have to be small regardless of the environment they live in or were born into.
Every day is a new challenge for Wanjiru who believes by doing what she does every day, taking a step at a time she can be part of a positive change in Africa for young entrepreneurs and come out of “Jua kali “( small road side trading) mentality in Kenya/ Africa and become a continent of industrialist , both men and women.
Wanjiru has been part of mentoring young people through the Junior Achievement program and was part of a panel of judges on a reality show that was aired on local TV showcasing students projects called “The Pitch”.
Recently Wanjiru was asked to be a judge in a panel of 2 women by the The leadership team Acumen, to be part of a ‘shark tank’ panel for a module – Lean Start Up – that was during the third seminar series of the Acumen East Africa Fellows Program in August.
As a member of Rotary International and Past President of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga, community service is also at the core of who Wanjiru is and wanting to make a positive contribution and difference to the world she lives in.