[Interview] Seth Mundhe, Founder, Ejenzi Africa, Kenya
After years of experience working in the construction industry, Seth Mundhe identified a need in the market and set up an online marketplace to satisfy it.
Could you introduce your company?
I started Ejenzi as a privately-funded company in 2017. It is an online marketplace that enables users to buy and sell construction materials. We are based in Nairobi, Kenya, our offices are at Branton Court, Ndemi Lane along Ngong Rd. Our target market is individuals who are building or renovating their homes, contractors and building material vendors/suppliers.
What are Ejenzi's Unique Selling Points?
Unlike most marketplaces, Ejenzi is a niche ecommerce platform specializing in building and construction materials. We focus on developing partnerships with vendors, suppliers and manufacturers, resulting in lower pricing and a wider variety of products on our platform.
Customers also have the option to pick up goods from stores or have them delivered to their preferred sites hence a simpler and hassle free procurement process.
How has the market responded to your services?
The numbers are very positive. Since we got started, the number of unique visitors to our platform has quadrupled. We have also experienced an upshoot of diaspora users who find our platform convenient since they are able to purchase building materials from wherever they are and have them delivered to their preferred locations. This has enabled them to proceed with their construction projects without needing to be physically present in the country, saving them time and money.
What are the growth plans of the company?
In 5 years, we plan to have operations in all of Eastern Africa. Our plan is to develop a wide distribution network making it possible for building materials to be sold and delivered throughout the region.
What does Ejenzi need to grow and prosper?
We are looking to form more strategic partnerships that will enable us deliver value to our customers, and are also seeking funds to improve our platform and grow our team.
In what direction will the company be going this year?
We are working to add more product categories on our platform and expand operations into all the major cities in Kenya. We will also be onboarding more vendors and suppliers both locally and internationally.