Best & most profitable Businesses to start in Thika (2023/2024)


Thika is one of the fastest growing towns in Kenya, it’s among the towns which operate almost 24 hours each day. There are plenty of business opportunities to explore in town. In case you wish to start your own business in Thika, here is the list of businesses to start in the town

  • Selling bottled water

Business of bottled water is booming not only in Thika but in major towns.Thika can be hot especially from December to March and August to December. Set up a water refilling shop and see how easily you will make money. The licenses might be a challenge but once the shop is set up, you will make at least 3k per day. To set up the shop, you need Ksh 200,000 to Ksh 500,000.

  • Rearing kienyeji chicken

There is ready market for Kienyeji chicken in Thika and Nairobi City. The good thing about Kienyeji chicken is that they don’t require a lot of labor and food purchased from shops. But they take longer time to mature compared to broilers.

You will spend Ksh 100,000 to buy and rear kienyeji chicken but the profit you will make is double, or sometimes triple especially in December.

  • Boda boda spare part business

Since there are thousands of boda boda in Thika, you can take advantage of that and start spare part business. The business is not saturated in this town, there are plenty of locations to set it up and get clients.

You should look for a shop with front space where boda boda repair can be done such that when someone buys a spare part, it will be fixed there and then.

You need a capital of Ksh 1 million and above.

  • PlayStation business

Recently I walked through Thika town and realized that PlayStation business is booming. This is one place you will not go wrong if you start PlayStation business. There are many colleges and universities with students who can play the games and pay.

The capital for setting up a PlayStation in Kenya is Ksh 400,000 to Ksh 600,000.The amount is dependent on the size of business and location.

  • Develop apartments

Due to the high number of colleges and universities, the demand for houses in Thika is high. Take this advantage and build apartments. But you need a lot of money, like Ksh3 million and above to start building apartments.

Bedsitters, one bedroom and single rooms are the most ideal houses in Thika. Don’t make a mistake of building 3 bedroom and above, you may not get clients.

  • Grocery shop

Start selling grocery products like fruits and vegetables. Set up a sizeable shop that will have a stock of Ksh20, 000 and above. The bigger the shop the better.

Grocery business in Thika is always profitable especially near residential areas. In a day, you will make Ksh 2,000 to Ksh20, 000 depending on the time of the month.

  • Fast food restaurant

Set up fast food restaurant near a university or college. You can also target Thika CBD.Fast food restaurant will need a capital of Ksh200, 000 to Ksh400, 000.The daily profits exceeds Ksh2,000.

You should ensure that prices are pocket friendly to attract college students.

  • Online taxi business & boda boda

Online taxi business is also very profitable. But you should do this business alongside boda boda business. The two will help you live comfortably in Thika.

  • Chemist

Chemist business is profitable anywhere in Kenya. Thika is one of the best places to start this business because of the huge population in the town. A capital of Ksh 400,000 and above is required.

  • Wines & Spirits shop

Walevi ni wengi Thika! Students will be your clients, people working in industries will be your clients, Thika residents will be your clients. With Ksh 200, 000, you are ready to go. Wines and spirit shop require that you become friends of police officers so that they cannot harass you. The average profit from wines and spirits shop in Thika per day is Ksh 2,500.

  • Guest houses

If you have good capital, build guest houses or Airbnb, you will make a lot of money from them. Guest houses are in high demand in Thika because of the high number of students in the town. With Ksh 3,000,000 and Ksh 5,000,000 you can build guest houses that will generate more than Ksh 100,000 monthly.

  • Butchery

Another profitable business to start in Thika is a butchery. Get a capital of Ksh 150,000 and set up a butchery. You will never make losses from the business.

  • Mobile phone repair shop

If there is something you should always think of is how to get skills for mobile phone repair.This business is very profitable. Once you have the skills, you don’t need a lot of capital to start the business, Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 100,000 is enough.

  • Car wash business

There are thousands of cars in Thika. Car wash business will be ideal.


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