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Creating self employment

01 May 2012, 15:33 Steve Wambugu

When Kevin Kagiri came to our offices for the interview, I thought he was just like any another ordinary young man who was hustling with life to make ends meet, but it was until I begun my interview with him that change all the first impression about this young man.

The cool and collective 25 year old Kevin says that, what begun as a passion one year ago has translated to becoming his only source of livelihood.

Kevin who holds a degree in computer science said that, it was after he completed his course from one of the local Universities last year in August, that he realized that while he still waits for lady lack to smile to him with a job, he discovered he could do something with his time meanwhile, by modifying computers cases(CPU) and giving it a character by painting with any colour what he wanted. And so he begun with his own old computer that he used while he was in university.

And after he saw his first work of modifying his cpu into something new that consisted of lights inside and a piece of glass designed sideways, Kevin could not help it but wish he could start doing more designs to any cpu he could find from some of his friends cases.

“The first one I made I felt like this was something I could keep on doing without getting tired because it was so beautiful” Kevin said with a big expression on his face telling how happy he was.

It did not take long for Kevin to tell his parents that he wanted to become a computer case designer something that not many people do and if you are thinking his Ideas were met with hostility from his parents then you are very wrong.

Kevin says, as he lowers his voice and lean forward that, “my parents were very supportive of the idea and in fact I remember my farther telling me; son if it’s something you love to do just do it with all your heart”.

Ten thousand shillings is all Kevin had to start his own business and in less than five months, Kevin had begun getting orders from people, both within and outside Nakuru town who wished their computer cases to get a character by paintings or some design.

“Pimping” (modifying) of computer as Kevin loved to call it, got even better when he came across a page in Facebook that is called Kenya Computers Modder’s that deal with showing creative art of design done on some cpu cases.

“I was going through my facebook wall when I saw the page and later the website and ever since I have been using the website as a channel to market my work and it’s not really bad,” Kevin added. The price of each design vary with how the client wants his computer to be “pimped”and the lowest he charges for a design is KES. 700 without inclusion of lights, water colour and fans.

“Other price varies from 2000 to 3,500 depending on the design”. Kevin said.

But as Kevin explain it to me, it has been a bumpy ride since he begun this line of job, “at first I encountered a lot of challenges including some tools I required but they were not sold in any electronic shops and I had to wait for my dad to buy for me from abroad as he is a frequent visitor in abroad.”

But the hardest challenge that Kevin says he faced was to get the customers who will buy some of his products because some thought if they brought their machines and computers they would get vandalized.

“Most of my clients feared in the beginning but seeing the good work I had done to other people CPUs they slowly begun trusting me with their machines and that’s how I was able to survive when I bigan”. Kevin said.

Kevin’s whose business is located at Highway Towers second floor says that, he gets his inspiration from an America  Bill Owen who has been in the industry for the last 10 years and who Kevin says he admires most of his work.

Not only does Kevin has passion for computer but he also has a big heart to share what he knows with others of what he has been able to archive by saying in feature he would love to teach others how to modify computers just like him.

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