A good number of kenyans have been making life making decision to leave their homelond country to look for greener pastures abroad.
Such is the story of Ndila Mweru, a Kenyan entrepreneur, who carved a niche for himself by bringing a taste of home to the United Arab Emirates.
Here is his story as told by Kenyan Report.
Ndila Mweru, a father of three, made the life-altering decision to relocate to the Middle East in 2007.
Dissatisfied with the income from his job in one of Mombasa County’s industries, Mweru sought greener pastures in the vibrant city of Dubai.
His motivation was clear – to provide a better life for his family, a quest that would lead him to a unique entrepreneurial venture.
Upon landing in the United Arab Emirates, Mweru, like many expatriates, faced the challenges of navigating a new environment.
However, his determination and resilience paved the way for several job opportunities in Dubai before he found his niche at a Kenyan Tea Stand.
Little did he know that this venture would not only become a means of livelihood but a flourishing business that resonates with locals and expatriates alike.
Operating in the Global Village, a vibrant area near Dubai’s trade exhibition district, Mweru’s tea shop has become a hotspot for those seeking the authentic taste of Kenyan tea.
Clients walk in, not just for a cup of tea, but for a sip of nostalgia, requesting Kenyan tea specifically.
Mweru’s clientele includes Arabs and foreigners from various countries, drawn by the distinctive taste and aroma that sets Kenyan tea apart.
In a brief interview with a Standard Correspondent, Mweru shared his motivation for the great move.
“I left Kenya because as a casual in one of the industries in Mombasa, my income was low and wouldn’t meet my needs as I have a family. Other jobs were also hard to come by, so I came to Dubai to seek opportunities.”
What started as a quest for a better job evolved into a thriving tea business that caters to the diverse palate of Dubai’s residents and visitors.
Selling over 2,000 cups of tea daily, Mweru has perfected the art of quick service.
Each cup takes approximately three minutes to prepare, ensuring that his customers, many of whom are regulars, get their daily dose of Kenyan tea promptly.
Priced at 2 Emirati Dirhams (Sh. 80) per cup, Mweru’s tea business generates a minimum of Sh. 100,000 in revenue daily, a staggering figure that showcases the demand for the authentic Kenyan tea experience.
Mweru, speaking about the popularity of Kenyan tea, confidently asserts, “Clients troop in here because they know the value they get when they consume tea from home.”
Beyond the financial success, Mweru’s journey in Dubai has allowed him to immerse himself in the local culture speaking Fluent Arabic.
The success of Mweru’s tea business has not only transformed his life but has also enabled him to invest back in Kenya.
“I bought a piece of land and built. I have another business on the side.”