The Thika Business Association has commenced a four day exhibition at Mama Ngina Gardens with the aim of showcasing diverse business innovations and talents transforming the society.
The exhibition that opened its doors on Wednesday showcased agribusiness, technology, insurance, beauty, education among others.
Among the top exhibitors was a 32 year old innovator who invented an energy saving Jiko for commercial users.
The Jiko christened IKO was making its inaugural appearance at the Thika Trade Fair and it attracted hundreds of enthusiastic show goers’ eager to understand how it operates.
The innovator, Samwel Ndung’u explained that that the Iko Jiko uses saw dust pellets instead of wood or charcoal and its heat is controlled by a fan propelled by electricity or the solar battery. It retails at Shs. 90,000.
Ndung’u pointed out that the innovation targets commercial users or institutions in need to save the cost of fuel and charcoal, adding that using Iko Jiko for personal uses will be disadvantageous because the pellets once put and lit must be used to end.
“The jiko uses six kilograms of pellets and can cook for eight hours making it suitable for schools and hotels where a kilo of it cost 60 shillings, it only take 25 minutes to cook simple food like rice, ugali and vegetables using 80 litre sufuria’ he explained.
Opening the four day event, Thika MP, Patrick Wainaina pledged his commitment in promoting businesses around the constituency adding that already he had drafted a bill to parliament that will deter people from purchasing foreign products available in the country.
The bill, he said will force Kenyans appreciate locally manufactured products hence promoting manufacturing as chronicled in the Big Four Agenda.
By George Gachiri/Irene Njoroge