Every business needs supplies. Some entrepreneurs ship their supplies from as far as China. Others find everything they need in Kenya. For a small scale trader, shipping is almost unthinkable, so Nairobi is one of the main cities to go looking for supplies. If you would like to start a small scale fashion or beauty business, here are some ideas to guide you to wholesale shops in Nairobi.
Just off Ladhies Road, opposite Wakulima Market is a rapidly growing small Guangzhou market. Over the last few years, Kamukunji has grown from a few storey buildings along a street with the worst drainage problems in Nairobi to a vibrant market with a tarmac road. Kamukunji traders deal in bedding, carpets, plastic household items, clothes, bags, shoes, home décor accessories etc. Wholesale prices at Kamukunji give you a good profit margin where you will retail your merchandise around the country. Kamukunji is a few minutes’ walk from Ronald Ngala Street.
Behind Equity Bank OTC branch is another wholesale paradise. Shops line a narrow pathway from the entrance of Tuskys OTC. Most of the shops stock sanitary wear and a variety of packaging materials.
Opposite the Business Station is another spot for eco-friendly packaging supplies along Temple Lane and Ruvuma Lane.
The Stage Market LTD
Along Ladhies Road, next to Nacico Plaza is a less popular market that looks like an extension of Kamukunji Market. Most of the shops deal in ladies hats, earrings, necklaces, underpants, artificial flowers and festive decorations. There are only a handful of buyers during the day so if you don’t find your supplies at Kamukunji, walk to The Stage Market Ltd.
Gikomba & Korogocho
Gikomba offers mitumba clothes, shoes, toys and handbags. You could also get supplies for your tailoring shop in stalls selling kitenge and other fabrics. For second-hand clothes, especially baby wear, visit Korogocho Market.
Eastleigh is a hub for clothes, mannequins and accessories imported from China. If you haven’t found a trustworthy supplier online, or you lack the financial strength to import direct, visit Eastleigh’s First Avenue.
These are some of the city’s vibrant markets to find all the supplies for your business as you acquire more capital to import from China and elsewhere.