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Meet Kenyan billionaire who rose from selling kerosene in jerry cans to establish one of the oldest oil marketing companies in East Africa

by Paul Nyongesa
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Hashi Energy Ltd stands as a testament to visionary entrepreneurship and unwavering determination, evolving from a modest kerosene distributor to one of East Africa’s most prominent oil marketing companies.

With a rich history rooted in resilience and innovation, Hashi Energy has left an indelible mark on the region’s energy landscape.

In its nascent days, Hashi Energy emerged as a kerosene distributor for Chevron Kenya. Originally established as Hashi Empex Limited, the company later underwent a transformation, rebranding itself as Hashi Energy to align with its founder Ahmed Hashi’s foresight.

Ahmed Hashi’s keen perception recognized potential in the untamed terrains and politically unstable areas surrounding East Africa.

Spanning across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Southern Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hashi Energy has showcased an exceptional ability to navigate challenges and create business opportunities in diverse markets.

Ahmed Hashi’s journey to entrepreneurship began in the textile industry, where he worked in a small shop. Transporting products to various East African countries laid the foundation for his future ventures.

Transitioning from textiles, Hashi embarked on a new path, selling second-hand textile products to neighboring countries like Uganda.

Concurrently, he capitalized on the market by distributing branded plastic bags to supermarkets across East Africa.

The pivotal turn came in 1991 when Ahmed Hashi, in collaboration with his wife Fatuma, established Hashi Limited as a business entity.

The company secured a pivotal contract with Chevron, then known as Caltex, to distribute kerosene in underserved regions where their presence was lacking. Hashi Energy’s early operations involved transporting kerosene in jerrycans, navigating challenging landscapes to deliver the essential petroleum product to countries like Rwanda and Congo.

As Hashi Energy continued to grow, it evolved from a distributor working with other companies to a self-sufficient distributor.

This transformation marked a significant milestone in the company’s trajectory, enabling it to assert greater control over its operations and expand its footprint across the region.

Hashi Energy’s success story resonates as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs, highlighting the power of resilience, innovation, and strategic foresight.

its humble origins as a kerosene distributor to a multi-country energy powerhouse, the company’s journey exemplifies the dynamic potential of East Africa’s business landscape.

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