The journey of Jane Mureithi is a tale of sheer determination and hard work after she started her shipping company while working as a house help in Belgium.
In an interview with Chams Media, Jane narrated her 10-year journey in shipping business from Belgium to Kenya.
According to Jane Mureithi, her journey in Belgium began as a cleaner as she learnt the local language which she says is a necessity for one to thrive and work in Belgium.
What’s more, the high quality and durability of electrical appliances from Belgium inspired her before she started shipping second-hand products to Kenya.
“I observed that in Kenya equipment get damaged very fast especially electrical appliances while the ones I used in Belgium would last up to 10 years,” Jane noted.
Furthermore, she explained that she deals in kitchenware, furniture, home equipment and clothing, adding that running a business in Belgium was not a walk in the park because of the many approvals one must get from the authorities before establishing a venture.
In Belgium, her company is known as Jamleck Shipping while in Kenya the firm is known as Jamleck Global.
At the same time, in Kenya Jamleck Global has branches in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kisumu-Kondole and in Nyeri.
Apart from buying stuff and Belgium and selling them in Kenya, through her company, she also helps Kenyans ship different items to Kenya.
Accordingly, Mureithi observed that kitchenware, especially utensils, has a higher demand compared to other categories of products like furniture.
Once the container arrives at the port of Mombasa, Jane Mureithi goes through the clearance process before the shipment hits the road to different destinations across the country.
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About Kenyan Women in Germany KWIG
During the show, Alex Chamwada also spoke to Kenyan Women in Germany (KWIG), a foundation established in 2019 to create one voice for Kenyans in Germany.
KWIG is a brainchild of Jacqueline Ochieng who has lived in Germany for over 27 years with the foundation boasting of over two thousand Kenyans who live in Germany, women, and their families.
Jacqueline shares her life abroad and how the foundation works to achieve their mandate.
“We started as a Facebook group after realizing there was trouble in airing grievances in a foreign land to the Embassy. We decided to create one voice.
It was during the rollout of Huduma number in Kenya and were told if you don’t have you could not access some government services. The embassy could not also explain what is Huduma number. We formed a voice, The Kenyan Women in German,” Jacqueline explained.
Moreover, they help those living in Germany and those arriving in the country for the first time as volunteers run the organization.
They offer a range of services through domestic violence and abuse group, press and media team, mental health group, Familia na Jamii (Family and Society) that educates Kenyan Women on how to raise their children.
Additionally, they offer aid to Mama Fatuma organization in Eastleigh and have the golden girls (women aged 50 years and above) who play the aunties and grandmothers roles.
Kenya’s Ambassador to Germany Tom Amollo said the Embassy will continue to support the efforts of Kenyans who form organizations to help each other.
He encouraged Kenyans living in Germany to always follow the laws in place to thrive abroad.