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Passion that built a business

A career hotelier, Mugure Kabiru runs a restaurant at Nakumatt Ridgeways Mall, off Kiambu Road.

Her parents operated a small eatery on Accra Road for years and she feels she has followed in their footsteps.

Mugure reveals that she cultivated a passion for the hospitality business at a tender age.

This is what she studied in college, eventually landing a job at a five-star hotel in Dubai where she worked for eight years.

“I have been a chef for eight years. I trained for this job in Kenya, then later went abroad to get more experience,” she said.

She started her restaurant, Peppercorn, with Sh500,000 as capital.

It is the rise of middle-class segment of the society and the urge for livelier side of life that has seen her business flourish, she says.

“I hope to grow Peppercorn to the leagues of the McDonalds of this world,” adds Mugure.

Intense competition

“I have plans to expand my business and create a countrywide brand,” she says.

Her dream is to penetrate the regional market and create a Kenyan brand that customers can associate with.

Mugure cites intense competition as a challenge in the restaurant business.