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Why this Kenyan logistics firm resumed business in South Sudan

A Kenyan logistics firm, Siginon Group with services that include freight transportation, warehousing, port solutions and air cargo – has decided to resume its operations in South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country. The company suspended operations in the market earlier this year due to fears for their driver and cargo safety. “It became a bit [too] dangerous [for] the driver as well as the cargo we are carrying… due to frequent attacks which we had seen with other transporters. So it was a move to just safeguard against other similar attacks,” Jack Mwaura, Siginon’s group commercial manager, told How we made it in Africa.

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How Becky Ndegwa stumbled upon her successful traditional blanket business

Becky Ndegwa stumbled upon what would become her business, Indigo6, during a cold and rainy afternoon at her home in Athi River, on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. While trying to shield herself from the cold, Ndegwa found that the Maasai shuka (a traditional garment worn by the Maasai tribe in Kenya) wasn’t warm enough. So she complemented it with a normal fleece blanket. “When I put them together it kept falling off… so I thought, ‘How about I join these two, then it becomes one?’” she explains. Ndegwa then asked her mother-in-law to stitch together the Maasai shuka and the fleece blanket. She was thrilled with the outcome, and made a another blanket, embroided a personal message and gave it to her husband for Father’s Day.

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How A Top-Ranked Female Tennis Champ Became An Exercise Entrepreneur In Kenya

Kenya has long been known for churning out fantastic long distance runners but not so much for entrepreneurs who focus on making a business out of fitness. In fact, being a fitness nut on the African continent used to be a bore. That has changed in recent years. Meet Saloni Kantaria Mathur, who in 2016 opened Reform Cycling and Strength Studio in Nairobi’s affluent Westlands neighborhood near the city’s central business district.

Reform is an indoor cycling studio that distinguishes cycling and strength experience from the daily gym experience. You know the experience if you have been to your average gym for a cycling class: blast the music and get pumped up by the instructor yelling “Faster, you can do it, if you can’t, medium is OK, or go at your pace.” That does not necessarily get my blood flowing or push me over the top. It is the one-size-fits-all approach that Reform has changed. I am a 220-pound man who loves weight training and prefers a good run or elliptical training over cycling. I also appreciate dedicated studios that address specific types of training.

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Kenya Railways Dismisses Comparisons Between SGR and Morocco, Ethiopia Projects

Kenya Railways Corporation has come to the defence of the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway following concerns over the cost compared to other railway projects in the continent. The Corporation Managing Director Atanus Maina says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is built based on the needs of the country which is to primarily ease the moving goods to and from the port of Mombasa. Speaking to Capital FM Business, Maina says Kenya's objectives for the railway are different from those of other countries like Ethiopia, and that the dynamics of rolling out the massive infrastructure projects are different.

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