How to start a butchery in Kenya, cost and profits


The cost of starting a butchery in Kenya ranges between Ksh 50,000 and Ksh 300,000 and it depends on location and rental costs. Butchery business is the most profitable businesses in Kenya. A simple butchery in small towns will cost approximately Ksh 70,000 to set up, the amount being the cost of rent, equipment, licenses and products to sell.

In a normal butchery, you’ll sell the following products:

  1. Beef meat
  2. Goat meat
  3. Chicken meat
  4. Fish meat
  5. Soup
  6. Mutura
  7. Samosa

Requirements to start butchery business in Kenya.

You need a license from your county, it costs Ksh 10,000 to ksh20, 000 per year. You also need clearance from the Ministry of total, you’ll spend about Ksh20,000 for licenses.

Items to buy for the butchery:

1. Refrigerator and freezers.

2. Meat slicer.

3. Butcher knives and their sharpeners such as files.

4. Tables to place the meat

5. Counters.

6. Protective clothing, gloves and guard.

7. Clean water

8. Wrapper

9. MPESA Till number

Before you set up a butchery, survey the area, check security, availability of water, source of meat and economic status of the area. You should also consider the rent you’ll be pay.

Butchery profits

The profits earned through a butchery are determined by location, rent and the economic status of the area. If you set up a butchery in a place like Kileleshwa Nairobi, you’ll pay monthly rent of Ksh20, 000 to Ksh50, 000 and make profits of Ksh 30,000 to Ksh 100,000 per month. One disadvantage about this area is that it’s not densely populated. In addition, the price of meat is not so high as compared to price of meat in areas like Pipeline (the difference should be huge to cover rental costs). When it comes to butchery business, it’s better to set it up in areas like Pipeline than in leafy suburbs like Runda.Furthermore,those people in leafy suburbs are keen on their health, they avoid red meat. They even prefer buying meat from supermarkets.

A big butchery in Nairobi CBD will generate profits of Ksh 80,000 to Ksh 500,000 per month .Generally, in Nairobi you’ll not make less than Ksh 30,000 per month from a butchery.

In other cities like Nakuru, Mombasa and Kisumu, you’ll also make upwards of Ksh20,000 per month depending on the size of the butchery.

If a butchery sells 2cows and at least 5 goats per day,it will make Ksh 2,000 to Ksh10,000 per day in profits.

While running a butchery, one challenge you’ll get is that the meat can spoil, leading to losses—which is why you need a refrigerator.

Butchery business will never incur losses unless the meat you are selling is not good. Always go for the highest quality of meat.

The best thing about butchery business is that you’ll have your own customers, those ones you know that they must come to your shop. Once you create a huge clientele, you’ll be registering huge profits.


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