I earn a living by decorating graves of dead people and I am happy about it | Charles Karanja

I earn a living by decorating graves of dead people and I am happy about it | Charles Karanja


I am Charles Karanja Ruara, I am a grave decorator. I do construction of graves and decoration. People are innovating ways on how to remember the dead, a long time ago they were just throwing them in the bush but nowadays, they are appreciating and remembering their loved ones. So I help them make that in a special way by doing the decoration. When someone is buried, that is his home forever. So at least it’s good to appreciate that person even if s/he’s not alive, you appreciate that home where s/he is lying… that also shows respect to the dead and appreciation. At first, when I started, people had not accepted what I was doing, they did not expect me to have such an office or workshop, they were just doubting and asking questions. They took it as it was something odd. The first project that I did, I felt like, yes I can do it. I used internet technology. I had not done such work before, I wasn’t aware of what to do or where to start. After completing it, I felt I can do it and I can do more than I can imagine I started in 2017 when a client who needed a building construction approached me and told me to construct a grave for his dad, and that’s how it started. My prayer business, I want to reach somewhere high, somewhere that at least I will be the best grave decorator in the country. I also want to inspire the youths, I want to employ more youths, I want to open more workshops. I have employed seven permanent workers, I also have some casual and I have a managing director. Yes, we have challenges, especially financial challenges. You decorate a grave for a client once done the client declines making the payment Others just ignore and block you. Outside here, they are great opportunities. There are opportunities outside here that hasn’t been utilized, so it’s just a matter of thinking of something and utilizing it to the maximum and you’re good to go. Because when I did my first project I did not have capital, I relied on the client’s down payment. It was zero because I relayed on the down payment of the client, that is what I started with. After the project, I was left with a substantial amount that is what I used in establishing my office and my workshop. In a month on a good day, you can make Ksh 300,000 per month. On a bad day Ksh 150,000. I depend on referrals. I also use social media, Facebook and Instagram. When I am done with my works some of the posts there and with the design and the materials that I used. A standard range goes with Ksh 60,000

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