List of Best Businesses to do in Kenya with small capital (Ksh1, 000-Ksh100,000),2017



Even as you plan to start a business, you have to note the best business to do in Kenya with small capital. In business, capital matters a lot and when you have little resources, the only option that remains is to pick a venture that can work with the capital at hand.

We are going to list best businesses to start in Kenya with little capital, and are actually profitable.


Hawking is a classic example of business ventures that require as little as Ksh 1,000 in capital.

If you are living in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru or any major town, this kind of business will best work for you. What you need is to identify the best product to sell, which include njugu, water, fresh juice, sweets, umbrellas and cakes.

Selling samosa and Boiled eggs

The second best business to do in Kenya is to sell samosa and boiled eggs.This business is extremely profitable and requires a capital of Ksh1,000-Ksh5,000.

A single samosa will earn you Ksh 5 in profit, and if you manage to sell 50 of them you are Ksh500 richer.

Selling Cereals

Cereals business is another solid business idea. If you have Ksh 20,000-Ksh50, 000, you can set up the business in Nairobi, Mombasa and areas where farmers are less and consumers are in thousands. Nairobi is the best place to do this business.

Mitumba business

Mitumba business can do better for entrepreneurs with Ksh 20,000-Ksh 50,000.This business is welcome to anyone who wants to earn profits ranging between Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 5,000.

Baking chapati and mandazi in Estates

Chapati and mandazi business in Nairobi and Mombasa estates require a capital of Ksh 500 to Ksh 2,000.This business is suitable for anyone who is having financial constraints but wants something to keep him going.

Shoe shining business

Shoe shining business should not be something to overlook. If your capital ranges between Ksh 3,000 to Ksh 20,000 give this business a try.


Blogging is feeding hundreds of families. I personally know bloggers who rake in upwards of Ksh 500,000 per month in Kenya.

If you have Ksh 10,000-Ksh30, 000, you can start blogging from home and make some good cash-only that this career requires passion and dedication.

Manicure and Pedicure

Manicure and pedicure business should also be on your radar, especially if you are a lady with a desire to do beauty. In Nairobi, and other major towns, there are individuals who walk around homes to do this task at a fee. In a normal day, these people make upwards of Ksh 1,000.

Selling fresh water

Another solid business idea involves selling fresh water to people in estates. Since it’s evident water is a scarce resource in major towns, this will be definitely be a fantastic business idea.

You can start by using a cart, which will cost you less than Ksh10, 000.The water is sourced from the council and boreholes around the city.

Bodaboda business

You can also engage yourself in bodaboda business, which is one of the most popular ventures in the country. This business has employed millions of Kenyans and has proved profitable.

If you have Ksh100, 000, you can buy a motorbike and start this wonderful venture.

Selling Ice-cream

If you are living in Nairobi there is a golden opportunity, of selling ice-cream on streets. The best places include Nairobi CBD, Jivanjii, Uhuru Park and Westlands.

Butchery business

Butchery in Nairobi is a nice idea, especially in middle income estates. The business requires a capital of Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 150, 000, depending on what you aim to sell.

CV and Cover Letter Writing

Another wonderful opportunity involves writing professional CV and cover letter for job seekers. This is actually one of the best businesses to do online and earn easy money.