Meet This Youthful Entrepreneur Earning Shs1.8m Daily From Mandazi Business

Many successful entrepreneurs constantly carry out research about business they are involved in as well as other investment opportunities.

It is this passion that saw a youthful Kenyan travel to Uganda to learn more about the mandazi business.

KDF, the mandazi and not the Kenya Defence Forces, is one of the most sought after ‘tea escort’ in many Kenyan homes today. But as KDF lovers consume their breakfast delight, Casper Nyagaka, the brains behind this snack has been smiling all the way to the bank since he invented it three years ago, reports the Standard.

“I started baking kangumu in 2014 at Kawangware area, the business was not bad but next to me was a Ugandan man who used to make softer ones. “With time I realised he was giving me stiff competition and I asked for his recipe. But the Ugandan refused,” he told Citybiz.

Traveling To Ugandan

Determined, Nyagaka travelled to Uganda to research on the business and after visiting a few bakeries, a newly acquired friend offered to teach him. “To understand more about my passion, my buddy travelled back with me and we set up a new shop in Huruma area, far away from my first competition,” he said.

It is here, that Nyagaka baked his first kangumus and christened them KDF, “The name KDF does not stand for anything and has no links with the Kenyan Defence Forces,” the form four dropout says.

According to Nyagaka, KDF became a household name first within Huruma; customers would queue at his ‘factory’ every morning. Meanwhile, his business was growing.

And with time, Nyagaka increased production and hired more employees to meet the growing demand. Today, he has 40 employees working 24 hours at his bakery.

Staff on duty at Casper Nyagagaka’s bakery in Huruma, Nairobi…PKEMOI NG’ENOH

“The staff works day and night to cook about 100,000 pieces daily. Preparation of KDF does not require much skill other than measuring and cutting the mandazi pieces into equal pieces,” the youthful entrepreneur said.

The pieces are then shaped, deep fried for five minutes and packaged for market. Each pack retailing at KSh60 (about UShs2,100), carries six pieces.

KDF has a week’s shelf life. At the moment Nyagaka supplies Nairobi, Naivasha, Kitengela and its environs. He also uses riders to do deliveries around Nairobi. This sees him pocket about KSh50,000 (about UShs1.8m) gross profit  on good day, but sometimes power outage slows him down.

“So far so good, more so now that KDF is big,” he told Citybiz. Once the KDF business becomes stable, Nyagaka has plans to expand into bread baking.

Kenya Doctors Successfully Reimplant Patient’s Hand

Doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have successfully reattached the severed hand of 17-year-old Joseph Thairu from Kiambu County, the Standard Newspaper reports.

Thairu’s arm was accidentally cut off while cleaning a chaff cutter. He had just finished feeding their cows

The highly delicate procedure lasted seven hours. It involved a multidisciplinary medical team made of surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses.

According to Ferdinand Nangole who was part of the surgery team, the procedure involved cleaning the wound, identifying structures such as nerves and shortening the bones.

Thairu was taken to KNH more than 10 hours after the accident happened. It took doctors one and a half hours to identify the structures in his arm.

NHIF will help out with a good chunk of the costs since a typical operation would cost an average of Sh1.2 million in the KNH private wing. Doctors suggest that a severed body part should be sealed in a plastic bag and placed on ice.

Direct contact with the ice can cause frostbite and damage the tissue, and suspending severed body parts in water has been shown to make reattachment more difficult.

The first step in reattaching a body part is to restore blood flow by reconnecting the arteries. For the procedure to work, the severed tissue must be alive, and the severed arteries must be large enough to manipulate using microsurgical techniques.

Thairu was taken to KNH more than 10 hours after the accident with the severed arm stored in a coolbox. Photo:[Nasibo Kabale, Standard]
 The total cost of the surgery is estimated at KSh 1.2 million. A percent of the bill will be paid through the National Hospital Insurance Fund medical cover. In 2013, doctors in China had to keep the hand of a man alive for a month by attaching it to his leg before they could reattach it to its normal position again. Zhou’s hand was cut off by a drilling machine at his workplace.

After the accident, doctors were unable to reattach the hand immediately because the damage was too severe.

The surgeons grafted the hand onto Zhou’s lower leg just above his Achilles tendon and connected it to blood vessels in the region so it could stay alive while the healing process began.

In November 2016, surgeons at KNH successfully separated conjoined twins in a 23-hour operation. The girls, named Blessing and Favour, were born in September 2014.

The surgery took two years of meticulous planning due to the complex nature of the areas shared by the twins. The girls were joined at the lower back.