Making lamps from recycled materials

Joseph Wambui

Nairobi, Kenya

60% paid forward



Joseph Wambui

Member since

December 2021

On-time repayments

12 installments  •  100%

About Me

my name is joseph wambui ,28 year old male Kenyan citizen. I have one wife and we are blessed with a 9 months old baby girl. since i was a child i have always improvised things for daily use .i.e. i made my own toys which left many people amazed. The best invention in my childhood was a plastic truck from a car lubricant container which had working head lights. This passion drove me to do a course in automotive engineering.
unemployment being one of the main challenges in my country i failed to acquire a permanent job in the automotive industry. I worked in construction industry as a window panes technician, electrician assistant and that taught me a big lesson .with all the hardships i encountered i was able to get funds to buy tools both hand tools and electric tools to facilitate my working. Early 2021 a client sent me to get a classy table lamp for his newly constructed house but did not find an affordable lamp according to his budget. That triggered my mind to make an affordable and beautiful lamps for my fellow citizens. People in my country spend a lot of resources in making their homes beautiful. This became a good opportunity for me. During my free time i love swimming as it makes me feel relaxed i also love visiting various towns as it adds my creativity .

My Business

I make beautiful yet affordable mobile phone holders, table lamps, wall mounting lamps, ceiling hanging lamps and floor standing lamps from recycled PVC waste pipes and electric conduit pipes. my products are unique since they come from my own creativity and they are very affordable to anyone. The demand for my products is rising day by day this is through the marketing campaigns in social media and referrals from my clients. I have been able to employ many people some directly and some indirectly. Due to my creativity and skills gathered over the years i saw this as the place i belong and thus decided to start the business . Turning a hobby into a business is somehow a difficult transition and requires a lot of patience. The products i make give me a profit that is half of the selling price, the other half is the cost of production. i.e. if a product costs 10$,cost of production is 5$ and profit is 5$.the profits i get i save 50% for growing the business and other business related projections,50% is used in business expenses

Project Proposal

I manufacture decorative lamps from recycled plastic into beautiful products I.e table lamps, wall hanging lamps, floor standing lamps, home banks and phone holders. Lately I've experienced shortage in supply of raw materials. After some considerations I decided to make the lamps using wood,i have made some samples and they are OK. I need some funding to enable get some raw materials to start production of wooden decorative lamps.





Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Dec 11, 2022

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $2.50

Pay It Forward contribution: $3.06





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