Best Estates in Nairobi to Start small profitable business with little capital


In Nairobi there are estates where you will start a small business and within no time you are making millions. When starting business consider purchasing power of people, population in that area and cost of running the business.

Business in Nairobi CBD is hard to start because of good will and monthly rent but in estates, rent is cheaper. Below is a list of the best estates to start a small profitable business with little capital.


Pipeline has a population of over 200,000 who are ready to purchase products. It’s the best estate to start a business in Nairobi. Business like grocery shop, chemist, cereals, mitumba clothes, kinyozi, salon, wines & spirits and hotel will be profitable.

The good thing about Pipeline is that rent isn’t high, you will get a house for your business for just Ksh 7,000.


Another good estate for business in Nairobi is Utawala.It’s also a populated estate with high purchasing power residents. All small businesses will do well in Utawala.Rent for the business will start from Ksh 8,000 per month.


Kilimani is an estate for upper middle class residents. Hotels, night clubs, groceries, kinyozi and salon are very profitable in the estate. The rent might be slightly higher than in middle class estates but profits will be encouraging. In Kilmani someone will pay Ksh 1000 for a haircut. If you have 10 customers per day, you will make Ksh 10,000. In a month you will make not less than Ksh 300,000. Rent will be Ksh 30,000 to Ksh 80,000.


Nowadays there is security in Githurai, it’s a good place to start a small business. There is advantage of cheap rent and high population. If you set up a chemist, mitumba business, grocery shop, bodaboda business, wines and spirits, you will be smiling all the way to the bank.


Rongai is ideal for small businesses. Since it’s very far from Nairobi CBD, most people would prefer buying within the estate. Rent is cheap and population is high. You will not be struggling to sell your products.


Nearly all businesses will do well in Kitengela.There are many schools here, there are hospitals, industries and residents. You’ll be advantaged because people will come from the villages to come and buy. More than 50,000 people live in Kitengela, majority in apartments and others coming from their homes.

If your capital is Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 1 million, go to Kitengela and start a business. If you have more than Ksh 5,000,000, start a hardware shop or a club.


Donholm and Umoja are adjacent to each other. They are the most populated estates other than Kayole.Due to good security in these two estates, starting business won’t be a bad idea. You will have the advantage of paying low rent and earning more from your venture. Start business related to food, transport or drugs.

—-South B/South C

I would encourage you to set up a fast food restaurant, coffee shop, grocery shop or chemist in one of these estates, you won’t regret.


At Uthiru set up a nyama choma joint, wines and spirits or grocery shop, those three businesses will be ideal in the estate.


Ruiru is growing so fast, people are building houses. This is one place to set up a hardware shop or a chemist. You can also start transport business.

—–Upper Hill

Look for a kibanda in Upper hill to sell food.There are many people in this place who prefer buying cheap food.Since there are few hotels in this place,having a kibanda will be an ideal alternative.


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