A carpenter who went viral last week for his unique multipurpose garden seat is just about to become a millionaire.
Stephen Odhiambo, an artisan operating along Ngong’ Road in Nairobi now has more than 700 orders for the seat the posted online.
It is a bench that accommodates three persons but when extended it takes up to six people facing each other complete with a table. Since it made to the internet, his phone has seen no rest.
“Huwa naingia nyumbani six, nakuambia kutoka saa hiyo ilikuwa simu juu ya simu hadi kitu kama saa sita na nusu,”
He was quoted as saying by Citizen.
The bench which costs Ksh.22,000 a piece has seen him take 700 orders, with 11 clients having already paid to get one.
Odhiambo and his team of artisans say at the moment they can make five such benches in a day.
“Hapo mwanzo hatukuwatunaelewa vizuri tulikuwa tunaunda moja, lakini saa hii tunatengeneza hata tano kwa siku,”
Said Dennis Otieno, one of the artisans.
Odhiambo says the light bulb moment was triggered by internet research he embarked on last week.
Being in the informal sector, Odhiambo and team are now calling on the government to factor in the jua kali sector in the funds set aside to cushion different sectors during the coronavirus pandemic.