Profitable business to start with Ksh1000 to Ksh 10000 in Kenya


There are over 50 profitable businesses to start in Kenya with a capital of Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 10,000.As an entrepreneur, your only challenge is to identify a viable business that will not return losses. But in Kenya, picking a profitable business is not so hard because the relevant information is available online.

If you have a capital of Ksh 1000 to Ksh10, 000, these are the businesses to start in Kenya:

  1. Shoe shining
  2. Hawking
  3. Selling boiled eggs, samosa and sausage
  4. Start a YouTube channel
  5. Blogging
  6. Affiliate marketing
  7. Become a digital influencer
  8. Academic writing
  9. Home salon/kinyozi
  10. Delivery business
  11. Cleaning service business
  12. Web design
  13. Selling mitumba clothes
  14. Grocery shop
  15. Hawking coffee
  16. Farming
  17. Poultry business
  18. Manicure and Pedicure
  19. Cereals business
  20. Selling sugarcane and sugarcane juice
  21. Online store
  22. Creating and selling Facebook pages
  23. Car wash
  24. Airbnb
  25. Delivery business
  26. CV and cover letter writing
  27. Selling mandazi and chapatti in estates
  28. Selling water in estates

Shoe shining business

Shoe shining business is a venture you can start with as low as Ksh 1,000.The business can yield more than 1k per day.

The best towns to do shoe shining business are: Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa—target areas where human traffic is high.

Those guys doing shoe shining business in Nairobi CBD earn more than 10k per day.


Clean bottled water, njugu, umbrella, biscuits and sweets are some of the products to hawk in streets. You require a capital of Ksh1,000 to Ksh 5,000 to start this kind of business.

A hawker in Nairobi makes Ksh500 to Ksh3,000 per day.

The good thing about hawking business is that it does not require a license.

Selling boiled eggs, samosa and sausage

You don’t need a room to operate from when doing this kind of business. Boil the eggs at home, roast samosa and sausages at home then move around sell to people in streets. Even a capital of  Ksh 1,000 as capital is enough. Profit will be determined by the number of products you sell.

Start a YouTube channel

Starting a YouTube channel is absolutely free. It takes less than two minutes to have your own channel. The challenge is earning decent income. After signing up to a new channel, you have to post high quality videos regularly, then after one year, apply to monetize with AdSense. The channel should also have1000 subscribers and above and at least 4,000 watch hours for it to be approved.

YouTube pays Ksh50 to Ksh 200 per 1000 views in Kenya.With 1 million views,you’ll earn over Ksh 150,000.

For you to be assured of earning stable income, get as many subscribers for your channel as possible. The ideal number of subscribers is 100,000.With 100k subscribers, every video you post on the channel will be viewed by more than 20,000 people.


Blogging is another venture that you can start with Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 10,000 in Kenya. If you know how to design a website, you’ll only spend less than Ksh 3,000 to have one.

After creating your own website, post good content in it and start making money through AdSense, affiliate marketing, sponsored content or by selling your own products.

A blog in Kenya getting 1 million views earns Ksh150, 000 to Ksh 200,000 from AdSense.

For those who don’t know how to do web design, you’ll spend Ksh 5,000 to Ksh10, 000 for the service from a Web Designer.

Affiliate marketing

To start marketing affiliate programs, you’ll spend nothing. All affiliate marketing companies accept applications for free. But you need some money for internet when marketing affiliate programs. You will spend even Ksh 100 for the start.

Jumia is one of the best affiliate programs in Kenya.

Become a digital influencer

Creating and promoting social media pages is the hardest thing for a digital influencer. You need pages with millions of followers for you to become a notable influencer. A capital of Ksh1000 to Ksh10,000 is needed for this challenge.

After getting followers, brands will approach you to place adverts on your pages/accounts.

Academic writing

If you get a job of doing article writing, you’ll need internet. For a start Ksh 1,000 is enough. Academic writing companies pay Ksh150 to Ksh 1000 per page, some pay weekly while the majority pay monthly.

If you don’t want to get employed by someone to do academic writing jobs, you can buy your own account. But buying is expensive, it will cost you more than Ksh100,000.

Academic writing in Kenya pays Ksh 20,000 and above per month for serious people.

Home salon/Kinyozi

If you don’t have money to rent a room for salon/kinyozi, start your business from home. Partition your room to get a space for your business.

Home salon will require a capital or below Ksh5, 000.Even a kinyozi is not expensive to start.

Delivery business

Start cooking food and delivering to offices. There are many Kenyans who are doing this business especially in Nairobi. It’s particularly ideal for beautiful women. Fish, chicken and coffee are some of the meals to deliver to offices. The capital required is from Ksh 1000 depending on the number of orders made.

Cleaning service business

Buy soap, basin and other items for cleaning clothes, shoes, bedsheets and carpets. The total cost will range between Ksh 1,000 and Ksh 5,000.You’ll get clients within the estates near you.

Web design

Curently, the demand for web design services is high, people are creating websites for their small businesses because they know in future marketing will be done online. Every month over 10,000 websites are created in Kenya. If you have skills in web design, start your own company. You don’t even need capital, all you need is how to market your skills—use social media.

Selling Mitumba clothes

Mitumba business is one of the easiest businesses to start in Kenya. Save Ksh 5, 000, go straight to Gikomba and pick nice clothes, then go to your estate and sell in the open air market or beside the road. If your clothes are good, you’ll get as many customers as possible.

Mitumba business will yield Ksh 500 to Ksh20, 000 per day.

Grocery shop

A small grocery shop will need a capital of approximately Ksh10, 000.This shop will yield over Ksh1,000 per day. You’ll start by selling Sukuma wiki, cabbages,onions,avocado,carrots,kitunguu saumu and spinach. You don’t have to set it up in a room, start with a small kibanda.

Hawking coffee in the evening and morning

You can also buy items for keeping coffee warm while hawking within the estate. There are individuals in business premises who can buy.The cost of starting this business range between Ksh 1,000 and Ksh 3,000.


If you have fertile land, I don’t see why you will go to town and suffer while looking for employment. Start farming vegetables and fruits. Nowadays the demand for kienyeji vegetables is huge and the capital for starting the business is small, just Ksh1,000.

Poultry farming

Kienyeji chicken are on high demand. Start with even 10 chicken, keep them for 1 year and sell.10 chicken will cost Ksh 1000 and after one year, you’ll sell them for Ksh 10,000.

Selling sugarcane and sugarcane juice

I see there are many Kisiis selling sugarcane in Nairobi. I was curious one day and I asked one of them how much they make, he revealed that he gets one sugarcane for Ksh 40 and sells it for Ksh 200,making Ksh 160.He sells 10-30 sugarcanes per day.

Start online store

Online store like Jumia is easy to start. You can launch your business on social media then later create a website to post the items. The capital for starting the business is less than Ksh10, 000.

Selling mandazi and chapatti in estates

If your capital is not huge enough to start business which require a lot of capital, start by selling chapatti and mandazi in your estate. Buy unga and cooking old, a pan and jiko.The capital ranges between Ksh1,000 and Ksh3,000.

CV and cover letter writing business

Advertise your skills in LinkedIn and social media. You will start the business without capital. Charges for CV writing range between Ksh 1,000 and Ksh 5,000 per CV while for cover letter, you’ll charge Ksh 500.

Creating and selling Facebook pages

Create and grow Facebook pages, then list them for sale. A page with 100,000 followers will generate more than Ksh50,000.


Airbnb is one of the trending businesses in Kenya. It simply means that you rent a room, then let it out to someone who want to stay in it briefly. You will rent a house for Ksh 5,000 and let it out for Ksh 20,000.


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