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How to Start Chapati Business in Kenya

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Kenyan SMEs

Starting a chapati business in Kenya is one of the cheapest businesses to start. It is one business you can start with almost no capital. Many people don't know how to prepare chapatis, hence they prefer buying. You just need to have the skills, ingredients and a few cookery items. In this article, I will take you through the process of starting a chapati business in Kenya.

Identify a Good Business Location

To start a chapati business in Kenya, you need a suitable business location. The location should be easily accessible, visible and should have high foot traffic. One of the best places to start a chapati business is in a market center or near an institution like a college or a university. With a good business location, you can attract many customers to your chapati business.

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Learn How to Prepare Chapatis

You need to know how to prepare chapati before getting into the business. Not many people know how to prepare chapati and it is the reason why many people prefer buying. To make it in the business, you need to know how to prepare delicious chapati.

Among the things you need to know is how to prepare the dough and roll it. The other thing, you need to know how to prepare soft chapatis. Finally, you must ensure that your chapatis are delicious. If customers love your chapatis, you are sure to get many customers.

Price your Chapatis

You need to price your chapatis well so that you can make a profit. The price should also be fair so that you can get customers to buy your chapatis. Price your chapatis based on their size.

For instance, you can decide to  prepare 20 chapatis from 2kg wheat flour and sell each chapati at Ksh 20. Alternatively, you can prepare 30 chapatis from 2kg wheat flour and sell each chapati for Ksh 15. Just look for a pricing structure that best suits your chapati business. 

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Requirements of Starting a Chapati Business in Kenya

To start a chapati business in Kenya, you need the following ingredients and cookery items.

  • Charcoal jiko
  • Cooking pan
  • Operating table
  • Wheat flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Jerry cans for storing water
  • Basin for mixing dough

Cost of Starting a Chapati Business in Kenya

The cost of starting a chapati business depends on the size of your business and target customers. You can start a chapati business with Ksh 4,000. For a start, you can start by preparing chapatis using 2kg of wheat flour and increase the number of chapatis as the demand increases. The following is the startup capital breakdown for chapati business:

  • 2kg wheat flour – Ksh 150
  • 1-liter cooking oil – Ksh 250
  • Charcoal jiko – Ksh 1,000
  • Operating table – Ksh 1,500
  • Utensils – Ksh 500

Is Chapati Business Profitable in Kenya?

Chapati business is a profitable business if you are in a busy location. The profitability of the chapati business depends on the number of chapatis you can sell in a day. Therefore, strive to sell as many chapatis as possible. You can make a profit of up to Ksh 800 in a day depending on the number of chapatis you will have sold.  

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Tips of How to make it in the Chapati Business

One of the ways to make it in the chapati business is to be unique from your competitors. For instance, you can prepare your chapatis with pumpkins and you can even sell them for a high price.

Also, make sure that your operating premises are clean. Customers want to buy chapatis from a business that maintains high cleanliness standards. Also, ensure that your business premises are visible from a far distance. Finally, make sure to market your chapati business. 

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Conclusion

Chapati business is one of the cheapest businesses to start in Kenya. You can start one with less than Ksh 5,000. Look for a place with high foot traffic and set up your chapati business. Finally, you need to be good at preparing delicious and soft chapatis. With that, you are ready to get started.