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Best business to start in Kisumu 2024/2025


I work for an NGO in Nairobi and my contract is ending in December 2024.I have savings in a Sacco worth Ksh 3.5 million. Since I understand that getting another job is difficult, I first want to start a business in Kisumu and look for a job as I run the business. I don’t want to spend all my savings, I want to have a capital of Ksh 500,000 to Ksh 1.5 million.

My home is in Kisumu, that’s where I want to relocate to in order to avoid paying rent.

If you have lived in Kisumu or you own a business, please advise me on the right one”


  1. Chemist shop—Capital Ksh 600,000 to Ksh 1.5 million
  2. Water refilling business—Capital Ksh 600,000 to Ksh 1 million
  3. Fast food restaurant—Ksh 500,000 to Ksh 1.5 million
  4. Day care business—Ksh 300,000 to Ksh1 million
  5. Grocery shop—Capital Ksh 200,000
  6. Car wash—Capital Ksh 300,000
  7. PlayStation business—Capital Ksh 600,000 to Ksh 1 million
  8. Electronics Shop—Capital Ksh 1.5 million
  9. Boutique selling Eastleigh clothes—Capital Ksh 600,000
  10. Boda boda spare parts business—Capital Ksh1.5 million
  11. Wines and Spirits shop–Capital Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 500,000

We also interviewed a couple of entrepreneurs in Kisumu who run businesses. Here are some of the responses:


“I own a car wash here near Nyalenda and the business is doing well.I started it in 2020 with a capital of Ksh 270,000.My daily profit is Ksh 2,000 to Ksh 4,000.I have 3 employees”


“Business in Kisumu is both good and bad,it depends on the type of business to run.Business of alcohol,food and clothes will do well.Mine is a club which has been around for 3 years.My biggest challenge is dealing with the police,but I am managing them well.I started it with Ksh 7 million.I make Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 30,000 daily”

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