Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka a Creative serial entrepreneur.
After Graduating in Interior Architecture from The Glasgow School of Art- University of Glasgow, Wanjiru moved back to Kenya set up a company specializing in Interior Architecture for individuals, hotels and corporate organizations. Organizations included Coca-Cola with the first project designed for them by Amber Africa being featured in their Annual reports.
Projects Wanjiru did were within Kenya as well as Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius. While running Amber Africa Limited, Wanjiru set up a fashion house called Dawn Of creation with the label,”Spice”.
Spice was created to “shake”, “shift” the way we dressed and accessories we carried as women in Kenya, using locally available materials . Dawn of creation pushed the boundaries by creating stylish hessian clothes as her signature fabric combined with leather.
After 11 years of running Amber Africa and Dawn of creation , Wanjiru realized the need to create the first children’s brand from Africa.
Funkidz was started 6 years ago and is currently selling in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Funkidz Limited is an exciting, innovative children’s brand that designs and manufactures targeting children from age 0-16 years.
Funkidz has several brands to it:
Funkidz Furniture – design and manufacture of furniture Funkidz Tech – Transforming education on the continent experientially using tech, animation and robotics.
What gets Wanjiru up every morning is a burning fire and desire to make a difference in the society she lives in and in the world at large.
Wanjiru strives to do this using her gift of creativity. Being a creative entrepreneur makes her heart beat.
Being an entrepreneur is not enough for Wanjiru as she believes in mentoring young men and women whenever she can, to believe that they can be anything they dream they can be, as well as their are valid have to regardless of the environment they live in or were born into.
Every day is a new challenge for Wanjiru who believes by doing what she does every day, taking a step at a time she can be part of a positive change in Africa for young entrepreneurs and come out of “Jua kali “( small road side trading) mentality in Kenya/ Africa and become a continent of industrialist , both men and women.
In September 2015 Wanjiru was selected by the MasterCard Foundation together with the African Leadership Academy , to be a judge during the Anzisha Prize week and awards in South Africa.
In February 2015, Wanjiru was selected to showcase what she does with the program Kidz Go Tech, by UNESCO and UN Women at the Mobile Learning Week 2015 in Paris.
In June 2015, Wanjiru was selected as the only representative from Kenya by Facebook and UN Women to be on their panel of entrepreneurs at a launch of Facebook and UN Women partnership in Capetwon and Johannesburg South Africa.
In December 2015, Wanjiru was invited by the VP of Facebook EMEA to speak to 650 women in Dublin about leading and living with purpose in her industry in Africa. She was the only Kenyan to be invited from Kenya .
Wanjiru has a passion for education and empowering the youth with technical skills in Kenya. In May 2016, Wanjiru started an in house training program for capacity building of carpenters and joiners in Kenya to global standards.
In June 2016, Wanjiru was invited to America courtesy of Goldmansachs to share more about her business as a woman in a male dominated industry in Kenya, making a positive impact in her community. She got a special mention and commendation by the US First Lady Michelle Obama for her business and being part of a positive education change for children in the technology space.