Ex-NSSF staff sets up thriving venture in communication ( C.E.O Wabcom Ventures)

When Beatrice Wababu resigned from her job at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) two years ago to venture into self-employment, she embarked on a journey full of hurdles but which she was deeply passionate about.

‘‘At the time I was working in the public relations department. I felt that time was ripe to make my dreams come true and rediscover myself. My idea was to test the waters in entrepreneurship and I knew this would come with immense challenges,’’ said Ms Wababu, the founder of Wabcom Ventures.

The company specialises in training, communication, public relations and management consultancy.

In an interview with the Business Daily at her office in Westlands, Nairobi, Mrs Wababu recalled her journey to recognition and how she defied odds including going back to employment.

‘‘After resigning from NSSF I had convinced myself that I was not going back to formal employment. But I found myself back, this time with Africa Nazarene University. I resigned again after three weeks,’’ said the 42-year-old mother of five.

Deep in her heart she knew she had unexploited potential, she said.

‘‘I opted to resign because I felt that delaying further to implement  my business idea meant remaining in formal employment for long and I didn’t want this to be the case,’’ she said.

Her first opportunity was training Tuskys Supermarket staff. ‘‘I was in the process of making valuable contacts and preparing for setting up the consultancy,” she said.

Ms Wababu recalled how Wabcom Ventures kicked off on a low key with only two employees and Sh800,000 seed capital.

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