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How to Start Mandazi Business in Kenya

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Kenyan SMEs

Starting a mandazi or kangumu business is a profitable venture in Kenya. You don’t need a lot of capital to start a mandazi business. You only need to have the skills to prepare mandazi. The mandazi business is best suited for busy areas like towns and market centers. In this article, I will take you through the process of starting a mandazi business in Kenya.

Learn How to Make Mandazi for Business

You need to know how to prepare delicious mandazi before you can start the mandazi business. Make sure to perfect your skill before getting started. Your mandazi must be delicious and soft. You can be unique in the way your prepare mandazi by adding ingredients like cinnamon. You can also include other additives like eggs. If customers like your mandazi, you can be sure to attract many customers to your mandazi business.

Identify a Suitable Business Location

To make it in the mandazi business, you need to identify a busy area like a market center or a town. If you want to start a mandazi retail business, look for a business location near an institution like a college, university, hospital, or any other area with high foot traffic. You can also start one near a residential area with many households.

If you want to start a mandazi wholesale or distribution business, you can prepare your mandazis at home and then distribute them to shops. Your business location will depend on your mandazi business structure. 

Requirements of Starting a Mandazi/ Kangumu Business in Kenya

To start a mandazi/ kangumu business, you need some ingredients and kitchenware items. You need the following mandazi ingredients.

  • Wheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar and salt
  • Clean water
  • Cinnamon or cardamom
  • Cooking oil
  • Eggs (optional)

You also need the following kitchenware items:

  • Frying pan – Ksh 1,000
  • Frying spoon – Ksh 250
  • Charcoal jiko – Ksh 1,000
  • Basins – Ksh 200
  • Operating table – Ksh 1,500

Cost of Starting a Mandazi Business in Kenya

The cost of starting a mandazi business depends on your business structure and business size. You can start a small mandazi retail business with Ksh 5,000. The following is the cost breakdown of starting a mandazi business in Kenya.

  • Mandazi recipe ingredients – Ksh 1,000
  • Mandazi kitchenware items – Ksh 4,000

Is Mandazi Business Profitable in Kenya?

The mandazi business is a profitable venture in Kenya. 2kg packet of wheat flour can make between 50 and 60 mandazi depending on the size. If you sell each ndazi for Ksh 5, you will be making at least Ksh 250 from a 2kg packet of wheat flour. Strive to sell as many mandazi as possible to make higher profits.

To increase profitability, you can include additives like eggs and spices like cinnamon and then sell the mandazi at a higher price. Also, ensure that your mandazi business premises are clean. If your customers like your business hygiene standards, they will be buying from your business.

You can sell more mandazi in the morning since people like taking mandazi for breakfast before going to work. As such, you will need to be waking up early to prepare mandazi. You can also liaise with offices so that you can be delivering mandazi during tea break.

Read also: How to start fresh juice business. 

Conclusion

The mandazi business is one of the cheapest businesses to start in Kenya. You can start one with Ksh 5,000 and you can be making a profit of at least Ksh 500. Its profitability depends on the number of mandazi you sell. To make it in the mandazi business, make sure to set up your business in a busy area like a town or a market center. 

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