Wooden lamps and phone holders

Joseph Wambui

Nairobi, Kenya

25% paid forward



Joseph Wambui

Member since

December 2021

On-time repayments

16 installments  •  94%

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 make decorative lamps and phone holders using plastics. Lately i have been unable to get more plastics for production .this has lead to low production. We resulted to using waste wood and from December 2022 we embarked on piloting and it became very successful. Now we want funds to be able to dive into full production.





Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Feb 23, 2023

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $2.68

Pay It Forward contribution: $8.07


James Chege

Irigu-ini, Kenya

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