The challenge of water scarcity and improving access to clean, safe drinking water in Africa is one that entrepreneur Ruth Mwanzia understood only too well growing up in Kenya. That experience was the inspiration behind her company, Koola Waters, a business venture which manufactures and distributes pure water to the country’s citizens.

What does your company do?

We manufacture, distribute, treat and package pure drinking water.

What inspired you to start your company?

What Inspired me was my background – I grew up in Kitui County, a region in Kenya that experiences a semi arid climate. Due to the nature of the climate, we had challenges related to water scarcity and shortages. So, my company was born out of the challenges I experienced as I grew up and I wanted to address those challenges that my community was facing.

Why should anyone use your service or product?

Firstly, all our water goes through seven stages of filtration, meaning it’s very pure. Secondly, our unique packaging and efficient delivery makes us stand out in the marketplace. Thirdly, from a corporate social responsibility perspective, we also give back to the community, and we do lots of tree planting activities in Kitui and youth empowerment programmes in Nairobi.

“Our water goes through seven stages of filtration, meaning it’s very pure. Our unique packaging and efficient delivery makes us stand out in the marketplace.”

“I want Koola waters to become a household name in Kenya and to scale globally as well.”

Tell us a little about your team

We are a dynamic team – a team of hardworking people. We are currently a small team but we are growing.

Share a little about your entrepreneurial journey. And, do you come from an entrepreneurial background?

Yes I come from an entrepreneurial background – my parents are entrepreneurs, so they have always mentored me to become an entrepreneur. As I grew up, I wanted to do medicine or become a television host, but as circumstances would have it, I turned out to be an entrepreneur.

“My parents are entrepreneurs, so they have always mentored me to become an entrepreneur. As I grew up, I wanted to do medicine or become a television host, but as circumstances would have it, I turned out to be an entrepreneur.”

What are your future plans and aspirations for your company?

I want Koola Waters to become a household name in Kenya and to scale globally as well.

What gives you the most satisfaction being an entrepreneur?

The ability to make a difference and to create a solution that gives me the highest satisfaction.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?

They should start their entrepreneurial journeys by just starting, and they should trust God and find ways of implementing their ideas. Importantly, they should also keep on networking.

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