In a moving speech at Kericho Green Stadium during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations, President William Ruto highlighted the remarkable journey of Samuel Ng’etich Kipsoi, a prominent businessman who became the embodiment of the bottom-up economic model.
The President’s words were a tribute to Kipsoi’s incredible life story and entrepreneurial spirit.
“We also celebrate Mzee Samuel Kipsoi Ngetich Chepsetyon, an incredible entrepreneur who exemplifies the bottom-up story. A class 3 dropout, he pulled himself up through sheer determination, to set up the Kipchimchim Group of Companies, whose interests span various industries and employ thousands of Kenyans,” the President stated in his speech.
“Before his untimely death, he was working at the West Valley Sugar Company and began milling operations last week. Fare the well Mzee Samuel Kipsoi Ngetich Chepsetyon.”
Born in 1949, Samuel Kipsoi hailed from Kericho and left an indelible mark on his community. Despite leaving school at class three, Kipsoi’s determination and resilience became evident early on. He started by taking on odd jobs, including digging pit latrines and weeding maize and tea plantations in Kericho. His hard work and perseverance paved the way for his entry into the tea business, where he would eventually build an empire.
Kipsoi’s rise in the business world was swift and impressive. He ventured into the tea industry, establishing enterprises like the Mbogo Valley tea factory, Sangalo tea factory, Bureti tea, and more. His influence extended beyond tea, branching out into sectors like mining with SABS mining and sugar production with West Valley Sugar. His business ventures also included Kipchimat enterprises and Kipchimchim wholesalers, showcasing his diverse interests and entrepreneurial acumen.
In addition to his thriving businesses, Kipsoi delved into politics, becoming a councillor and the first member of the county Assembly (MCA) for Kapkugerwet ward in Belgut, Kericho County. His commitment to community development and economic growth earned him respect and admiration.
Tragically, Samuel Kipsoi Ngetich Chepsetyon passed away in August 2022, leaving behind a legacy of resilience, hard work, and success. President Ruto’s acknowledgment of Kipsoi’s achievements serves as a testament to his contributions to Kenya’s economy and his unwavering dedication to progress.