Best Small Capital Business To Start in Kenya in 2017-2018



Due to limited resources and low income, most Kenyans would afford to start business ventures requiring small capital. In 2017, there are over 50 small businesses you can do in Kenya, which are highly profitable.

But before we discuss about these businesses, we would like to inform you that there are several reasons why every individual is motivated into joining the business world; the first and most important reason being, profit. This is the main reason we are going to discuss the most profitable businesses to do in Kenya if you expect to break even within the shortest time possible.

Sausage and egg business

You can start sausage and egg business with as little as Ksh 3,000.This business is mostly profitable in towns like Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

According to our findings, the profits you expect ranges from Ksh 500 to Ksh2, 500 per day.

Shoe shining business

Shoe shining is a very lucrative business in towns and it’s booming. The reason why I highly encourage you to start this business is because it requires little or no capital to launch it, it’s also easy to run.

Manicure and pedicure

Manicure and pedicure is a business you can start with as little as Ksh1, 000 especially if you are living in Nairobi. What is needed of you is how to market yourself within estates and be ready to do a perfect service to your clients.

Cosmetics shop

Women products especially skin ointments, cosmetics and hair fly off the shelves as soon as they arrive into the country. Cosmetics business has been identified as one of the most profitable small businesses to do in Kenya. This business can demand capital from as low as Ksh 80,000 and as high as Ksh 1 million for wholesalers.

Cereals business

There is no small business that beats cereals business in terms of profits. This business, especially in the year 2017, has emerged one of the most appealing business ventures in major towns.

The most profitable products to sell include maize, beans, peas, cassava, finger millet and rice.

A capital of between Ksh 20,000-Ksh 100,000 is required for this busness.

Fresh juice business

Juice blending business is also in every entrepreneur’s radar in Kenya. We have noted that many people are shifting from soda and other drinks in supermarkets to fresh juices blended from raw fruits.

Fresh juice business require capital from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 50,000.

Second hand clothes business (Mitumba)

Second hand clothes business is another profitable business you can start in Kenya in the year 2017.Gikomba market is the main source of clothes for sale, and with Ksh 10, 000,you can successfully start mitumba business in Kenya.

Fast food restaurant

Fast food restaurant is also another profitable business to launch in the country. In our towns, chuck food is what is trending, regardless of their health hazards, but as an entrepreneur, you work is not to sympathize with you customers but to sell what they want.

In Nairobi you require a capital of Ksh 150,000-Ksh 300,000 to start a small fast food restaurant. But in Nairobi CBD,you will need at least Ksh1 million.

Executive salon

Women love their hair, they would do anything to make it look beautiful. With this attitude, only a salon can make their dreams come true. Salon business is among businesses you can start in Kenya with as little capital as Ksh 100,000.

Scrap metal business

Scrap metal business is not a common business in the country but this is among the most profitable ventures in the country.With as little as Ksh 400, 000, you can launch your business.

Timber business

Do you have Ksh 400,000 which you want to dedicate into a profitable business venture? Timber business is what I propose that you try..this business is extremely profitable.

Printing and photocopy services

If you live near a college, university or any other training institution, printing and photocopying business is what you should think of starting. This business is perfect for people with small capital, usually Ksh 80,000 to Ksh 150,000.


Hawking is also another business which you should give a try, especially when you are desperate and broke. What makes me excited about this business is that you require no license, you require no skills and also no huge capital is required. In a perfect environment like Nairobi,Ksh 3,000 is enough to launch the business.


Grocery comprises of vegetables and fruits, it can also include milk and cooking flour. In a town like Nairobi, grocery businesses must exist, and if you are one of the business owners, you won’t regret having started the business.


Shylock business involve giving out small loans to needy individuals. This business, though risky, is highly paying.

If you know you have the guts to start this venture, you can set aside Ksh 200,000-Ksh 1 million for the business.

Mobile phone shop

Ksh 500,000 is enough to start a mobile phone shop in major towns. After the successful launch, expect to make upwards of Ksh 1,000 per day in profits.


Kinyozi business is for entrepreneurs who want to start small and grow over time. The capital for this type of business is Ksh 40,000-Ksh100, 000.After the launch of your business, expect profits from Ksh 500 upwards in a single day.