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I quit computers for my passion in beauty industry

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Beauty and matters skincare are mainly associated with women with most men shying away from the fast-growing sector.

Mwangi Kamau has, however, gone against the grain and made a name in the female-dominated field.

Mr Kamau, who is the proprietor of Blush On Skincare Limited, a Nairobi-based company dealing with cosmetics, has been in the field for 10 years offering solutions to skin problems.

“I always wanted to be in the medical field dealing with human beings or animals, but along the way I found myself doing computer science. But I realised I did not have passion for computers. I really wanted to help for better health and wellbeing,” says the 37-year old cosmetologist and a skincare consultant.

In 2006, he joined a cosmetology college where he graduated with a diploma, enabling him to secure a job as a beauty consultant for eight years. This made him develop more interest. In 2015, he went to Italy to do a two-year course, specialising in skincare.

“After doing computer science I realised that I still wanted to be a health practitioner.”

Having sharpened his skills and knowledge in Italy, he returned home with a dream of stating a business.

“I started the business in 2017 August after getting disappointed by my employer and also realising that I would actually achieve my dream better if I had freedom to work round the clock and engage with clients who have issues in different parts of the world,” he says.

Starting out, he tells Enterprise, was a big challenge as he didn’t have enough capital to run an office. This made him to start off online which was very tough. However, this was by no means easy.

“Online marketing also demanded money to be effective.”

His work as a skincare expert entails consultation, training and products. He also offers consultation to pharmacies and beauty clinics as well as training in makeup and basic skin knowledge.

“I also have a cosmetics line that I recommend to my clients,” adds Mr Kamau.

The entrepreneur says cosmetology is a well-paying career but depends on how one ventures into it; as a side job or full time occupation.

He makes between Sh80,000 and Sh120,000 monthly and has two permanent employees and four on temporary terms.

“For me, it’s the main deal and I get good amount that caters for my needs and also to save and invest for my family,” he notes.

Some of the charges for his services include skincare consultation at Sh1,000, facial treatments at Sh3,500, face makeovers from Sh3,000, depending on the event, personal make-up classes at Sh5,000 and professional types go for Sh5,000 per session.

He said his plan is to come up with better platforms to enlighten people on the best skincare to get when they are purchasing products and what ingredients to watch out for by also coming up with his line. This should be based on the safest but effective ingredients.

“My advice to anyone with this kind of passion but lacks confidence is to always have integrity and honesty. Then the rest will play in line and follow suit.”

Mr Kamau also trains young people, mainly in makeup.

“It’s always good to work with the community; so, I have empowered a few young people by training them mainly in make up as we work together and in return they get a retainer,” he told Enterprise.

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How Kenyan family stole billions in the US

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When in November last year, the National Police Service said it had received information from Interpol that some Kenyans were wanted in the US for alleged fraud offence, one of the names released was that of Edwin Sila Nyumu, a man who had been on the run.

Nyumu and his family were behind a US based crime syndicate that launched  hundreds of millions of dollars in the country but managed to escape the FB dragnet to hide in Mlolongo Machakos.

In total, the family members are believed to have stolen more than Kshs.2 billion in a tax fraud, the Nation has established. It is one of the biggest cyber-crime heists in the blossoming industry.

The Daily Nation reports that how this Kenyan family laid a scamming web and managed to bilk millions of dollars and send them to Kenya without raising an alarm has always petrified the investigators.

TheDaily Nation reports that for 12 years, since his name first appeared on the Interpol list, Nyumu oiled the palms of all those who his identity and the Nation was informed he was a cash cow of police officers, until the money ran out last year.

By then, and after 12 years, he could no longer be charged with fraud since the federal crimes have a statute limitations which protects the people from being harassed and having to constantly defend themselves from old charges.

Record indicate that on November 6 last year, Corporal general Kamwaro swore an affidavit seeking a fresh order to arrest Nyumu.

Kamwaro said Nairobi Interpol office has contacted the US Nationla Central Bureau Interpol to forward extradition documents against the suspect.

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Vp5 solar powered water finally flowing at Victory Gardens

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We are happy that Victory Gardens Phase 5 is continuing to shape up as Nairobi Metropolis’ ultimate gated community.

Amongst other recent developments in this Kitengela project, the residential homes in this gated community will now have adequate and round the clock flow of water, with 20, 000 liters of water now gushing forth and into their pipes courtesy of solar energy.

Eng. Odhiambo, who has been in charge of this development notes that the installation of this water system was not only successful but also very smooth. He notes that he always get many more businesses flowing his way as soon as he has done any works for Optiven.

Eng. Odhiambo’s sentiments concerning these special heavenly favours are also echoed by many Optiven customers who buy properties from this leading real estate firm (watch more on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KUe6DaF2lE) Many more customers keep confessing this special favour that can be defined as purely divine.

We believe that our weekly Wednesday prayers have been working for our staff, customers and suppliers alike. This means that our vision to economically and socially empower the communities is real.

Join this favored project. If you already bought, obey all the rules placed at the entry gate. Ensure you make this project a green project, take care of its trees, the fruits, and care for refuse. On this one, we now have a company that collects all the waste for a small fees, we have security men at the gate, be kind to them. Little kindness will go a long way by boosting their morale.

Let’s make Victory Gardens a victorious project, and a place of untold tranquility.

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Hike in fuel prices was an error – Petroleum CS 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Petroleum PS Andrew Kamau on Sunday, August 2, revealed that the hike in fuel prices for the July 15 – August 14, period was a result of a calculation error.

“There was a miscalculation by EPRA when they had not included excise duty in computing the VAT and that had to be corrected in the latest pricing review.

“This has now been corrected and since it was not the oil marketers’ mistake, there was no way to go back and ask them for what they didn’t collect,” the PS said.

On July 15, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced new fuel prices which resulted in a huge spike compared to the previous 30-day period.

Petrol prices rose by Ksh11.38 to retail at Ksh100.48 per litre in Nairobi while a litre of diesel increased by Ksh17.3 to sell at Ksh91.87 in the capital.

According to PS Kamau, EPRA erronously calculated the latest prices resulting in the surge.

In a statement, EPRA highlighted the under-recovery of VAT in regards to Kerosene which was not imported during the month in review.

“Price has been maintained but adjusted for the under-recovery of value-added tax by oil marketing companies that occurred in the previous pricing cycle,” the statement reads in part.

However, the energy regulator maintained that the blame for the error lay squarely on oil marketing companies who misunderstood the taxation law.

EPRA director-general Pavel Oimeke stated that the companies did not adhere to Sections 13 and 14 of the VAT Act, 2013.

The marketers had reportedly included only the excise duty as part of the taxable value rather than all taxes, levies, duties and fees in line with Section 13(3)(c) of the VAT, 2013, and the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020.

According to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), VAT computation for super petrol, diesel and kerosene at the import point differs from the one at the sales point.

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