When covid hit the country on March 2019, many businesses came to a stand still. Several workers lost their jobs during covid period.
However there has been one business which has endured it all and has opened new branches all over Kenya amidst the pandemic. Muthokinju Paints and Cement have become the household name in the hardware sector.
You might have heard of the stores or better yet still seen their ever busy shops branded with orange and luminous green colour which makes the stores conspicuous. One may wonder where the name Muthokinju came from and who is the brain behind the ever growing business.
Three people that is; Muthoni, Kimani and Njuguna are the brains behind this business. Muthoni was a food vendor at Kenyatta market.
The food business was at the verge of collapse due to the perishable nature of food. Njuguna was also a food vendor who faced a similar innuendo counting the same loss.
The two had no option and decided to start a new business and hence Muthokinju was founded. They coined their name into MUTHOKINJU which has become a known brand for paints, cements and adhesives. The hardware has more than 14 stores with over 200 employees.
The founders have passed the business over to Benjamin (Muthoni’s son). He is the Managing director and his wife Sarafina Njatha is the Operations Director.
Muthokinju’s growth is again attributed to innovation. This innovations has helped the business to improve its processes and services. All their stores have an interior designer who provides advisory services to customers.
For paints Muthokinju has partnered with Plascon, Crown Paints and Duracoat. They have also partnered with Rhino, Mombasa Cement, East Africa Portland, Savannah Cement, Bamburi Cement National Cement.
Muthokinju’s legacy is to be the leading provider of affordable building materials.