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Catherine Jepkemboi: From Mjengo, Househelp and selling samosas to earning Millions in Kenya

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Catherine Jepkemboi: From Mjengo, Househelp and selling samosas to earning Millions in Kenya

Minicheps, as Catherine Jepkemboi is known online, has been the talk of the town for a couples of years

From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, she has tickled the online community with her manipulated photos that depict the ups and downs of life.

 

EARLY LIFE

Jepkemboi was born and raised in Kapsabet, Nandi county. Her husband’s name is Meshack Korir. He is an animator and the one who assists her in taking and editing the viral photos. They live in Racecourse, in the outskirts of Eldoret town.

Education

Jepkemboi didn’t advance her education past primary level due to the fact that her parents couldn’t afford secondary school education fees.

After her education dreams were shattered, she got employed as a househelp in various towns including Embu, Ruiru and Nairobi.

 Working As A House helper in Embu

It is in Embu where Menicheps resumed studies with an aim of become hairdresser.

Meanwhile, she tried the fruit salad business to supplement her full income as a maid.

Minicheps eventually dropped out of college due to lack of fees.

Doing Mjengo At Ruiru Estate

Catherine later relocated from Embu to Ruiru where she worked at a construction for a living.

Later, Minicheps settled in Eldoret and began selling samosas hence earning her the street tag ‘mama samosa’ until February 2021 when her edited photos took the internet by storm.

Miniature Photography Career

In 2019, Minicheps began her career in photography by proposing to her husband about taking photos and posting them online. In affirmation, Korir (the husband) coined the idea of creatively posting miniature photos and the duo began the journey using a borrowed camera.

As expected, the photos didn’t make a breakthrough on various social platforms. In fact, various Facebook group administrators declined to approve her posts.

In 2019, Minicheps began her career in photography by proposing to her husband about taking photos and posting them online. In affirmation, Korir (the husband) coined the idea of creatively posting miniature photos and the duo began the journey using a borrowed camera.

As expected, the photos didn’t make a breakthrough on various social platforms. In fact, various Facebook group administrators declined to approve her posts.She stated that she had to raise funds to She stated that she had to raise funds to buy her own equipment and this was also a challenge at the time since she did not have sponsors or business partners on who she could rely.

Minicheps stated that her family was very supportive even before she started trending and her photographs went viral on various social media platforms.

For two years, her work remained unnoticed but her big breakthrough came on the 2021 Valentines’ Day when a visual she had created went viral. She recalled receiving a call from a friend who told her that she was trending on social media.

“I was asleep on Monday morning when a friend called me and asked how I could still be in bed when I was trending on social media,” Minicheps stated.

At the moment, Minicheps works with a team of two and they bounce ideas off each other before they can create the visuals which have become notable on social media.

The visual artist is also making money from her working with notable brands in the country contracting her to showcase their products.

Currently, she has earned numerous advertisement gigs from reputable companies including Multichoice; an entertainment firm operating under DSTV and GoTV.

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