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Nairobi engineer lands multi million project after getting referral from guard he gave a lift

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Whether you call it random acts of kindness, paying it forward, or good deeds, they are very powerful and there are many benefits to doing good deeds.

Some of these benefits may be direct or may come in a different but better form just like for one Lewis Ndichu, the CEO and Chairman of Lewison Holdings.

Nairobi engineer lands multi million project after getting referral from a guard he gave a liftLewis Ndichu, the CEO and Chairman of Lewison Holdings. Photo: Lewis Ndichu.
Source: Facebook

In a heartwarming Facebook post on Monday, September 7, the CEO of the engineering company recalled how his selfless act to a security guard landed him a multi-million project.

For motorists plying Limuru road, in Nairobi, it is not an unusual occurrence to find security guards from UN offices and other residences flagging vehicles with the hope of getting a lift during rush hours.

Met a social butterfly called Otis

However, it is usual to see many motorists snub them but Ndichu picked a habit of aiding most of them on his way back home.

“If you have used the route mostly in the evening just as you leave the highway towards Muthaiga, there [are] men [who] always stop every vehicle they see to get a lift,” Ndichu said.

It was during this routine act of kindness that he met a social butterfly and according to Ndichu, an avid storyteller only identified as Otis.

During the ride in Ndichu’s car, Otis asked him a question that seemed to have been bothering him while at the same time marvelling at the engineer’s generosity.

Nairobi engineer lands multi million project after getting referral from a guard he gave a liftLewis Ndichu described Otis (pictured) as a social butterfly and an avid storyteller. Photo: Lewis Ndichu.
Source: Facebook

Struck special friendship

It was there that the two struck a special friendship that would later see Ndichu land the multi-million project.

“I started offering them a lift, almost every day. I could carry three to four people. Now there is this guy with a lot of stories who one day asked: ‘Boss, if I may ask you. Why do you offer us a lift yet it is not easy for people of your class who drive big cars to stop and give us a ride? You do not even mind when it is rainy and we may dirty your car'”, Otis marvelled.

The security guard then told Ndichu that he worked at one of the blue-chip companies located around the area.

The CEO humbly explained to his newfound friend that both of them were men fending for their families and that it did not cost him anything to offer a helping hand where he could.

Ndichu gave Otis his business card

Ndichu further introduced himself as an engineer and joked with the guard about how he might one-day be seeking a job from him [Otis].

Nairobi engineer lands multi million project after getting referral from a guard he gave a liftLewis Ndichu picked a habit of aiding most of the security guards on his way back home. Photo: Lewis Ndichu.
Source: Facebook

The engineer carried on with his generous act of helping the security guards until he met Otis again after a couple of days.

This time around, Ndichu gave Otis his business card and asked him to reach out to him whenever he needed help or a job.

“Days passed, months too, until early August 2020 when I received a call from a foreigner who wanted us to meet to discuss a project,” narrated Ndichu.

Multi-million project proposal

At the meeting, he asked the foreigner who had referred him and to his surprise, the foreigner smiled and told him his security guy spoke very highly of him.

“Guess who it was, Otis! So through Otis, I have landed a multi-million project proposed to start soon,” Ndichu disclosed.

He went to advise that from his encounter with the guard, he had learned not all businesses come from networking in high-end restaurants.

“Anyone can be a bridge to your success, learn to interact with people. When you help someone, God always returns the favour,'” he said.

“What you receive today, you should give some of it back. Always be good, kind and generous to everyone, God might use them one day,” he added.

The Lewison Holdings CEO promised to repay Otis for his gesture.

“Maybe buy him a motorbike and offer some money for the wife to start a business. This will be my way of appreciating how he confidently convinced the client to hire us,” Ndichu stated.

By Tuko.co.ke

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Optiven Foundation Spreads hope to the vulnerable Amidst Covid Pandemic

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As we gear towards alleviate poverty levels in our society, the Optiven Foundation has reached out to support
FLOMINA children’s home. Located in Nairobi’s Soweto area, the home was the recipient of assorted food stuffs including cereals, pulses and vegetable oil.

More than 65 vulnerable children some who are orphaned , abandoned or living with HIV & AIDs, got reasons to smile courtesy of Optiven Foundation.

As the eyes on the community, the Foundation’s desire is to transform & improve the livelihood of the vulnerable families in our society. This is by offering them support that includes basic food stuff. We thank all those who support the optiven vision of economically and socially empowering the communities

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What is happening in Amani Ridge the Place of Peace

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Amani Ridge the place of Peace is giving you an opportunity to build your home in a serene, scenic and natural environment.

It remains unparalleled facility with top notch value additions. Perimeter wall, razor wire,solar street lights, a welcoming landscaping work with a beautiful fountain and now a cabro- paved entry to 300 stunning homes to-be.

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Safe rides: Introducing the all-female taxi

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Say you are a woman, it is 11pm and you need a taxi ride urgently. You may have heard horrendous stories of female passengers in a male driven taxi that makes you recoil and opt to cancel the ride, but you need it, and you are alone.

Getting in the taxi, worry knocks and you start having wild ideas of your escape plan, just in case. You check the child lock and confirm that your phone is charged, before sending a screenshot of your taxi details to a friend – if anything happens, they will have a clue of where to start.

Will it be comforting to say that you are not alone?

This comfort factor for women is in a female chauffeured taxi called An Nisa, a taxi company whose vehicles only carry women and children, limited to pre-teen male.

Fellow women

“I wanted a taxi service that would make women feel comfortable throughout their journey. Women are more maternal and women feel more comfortable being driven by fellow women,” says  Khawlah Habib, founder of An Nisa.

An Nisa, which means women in the Arabic language, is a solution to women and mothers who may have had insecurities when they use other taxi services.

Whilst the analogy of prevention being better than cure is mostly used in medicine, Ms Habib says it perfectly fits her idea of having a female passenger being driven by a woman.

“I did a lot of research and talked to a number of women who narrated their unpleasant experiences, which made me see the need of coming up with a female-only taxi,” says Ms Habib.

When it was launched in 2018, there were more than 1,000 downloads and requests to use their service within a week. Unfortunately, at the time this article was written, the app was under maintenance so all bookings are still made on call.

Affirmative nod

“Men also call me to let me know that the ladies in their lives, or children, would wish to use An Nisa as a mode of transport, and that tells you that the worry is felt by both genders,” says Ms Habib.

An Nisa today, has more than 50 female drivers that work mainly in Nairobi and Mombasa.

It is even a feel-good option for female taxi drivers. Beatrice Wambui, a 30-year-oldwho has been a taxi driver for ten years now, has an affirmative nod for the An Nisa experience.

Ms Wambui juggles between all the online taxi service providers available in Nairobi. But says: “Having an An Nisa client feels safe, because I already know it is a fellow woman coming on board.”

Although she may not be affected much when she uses the other online taxi services, the discrimination starts from the passenger.

“One time I got a client request for my ride, when I accepted the request and they found out that it was a woman behind the wheel, they cancelled, and I felt so bad,” Ms Wambui says.

Late night ride

With An Nisa, she says, the expectation and reality are usually in synchrony. So, once a client calls in, they know that it is a woman who will drive them, so they do not have any reservations because that is what they sign up for.

Ms Habib does not just employ any woman to be her driver.

“I prefer drivers who have driven for a while, say 10 years or more, not less and should comply with all NTSA (National Transport and Safety Authority) requirements.”

And for clients who may want a late night ride, or a very early ride; say to the airport, they make advanced booking so that safety precautions including the driver’s, are considered.

Curfew

“I had to apply for a curfew pass that allows me to pick and drop off clients who travel in the wee hours of the night. With the pandemic, I insist that the client wears a face mask and sits on the back seat,” adds Ms Wambui.

For safety, An Nisa has partnered with Lady Askari, a company that offers protection services to women. The services, just like An Nisa, are provided by female trained security guards.

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