This is our first interview of the year. We feature women who are trend setters, changing the world with their businesses and innovations. This week, we caught up with Lucy Wairimu Mukuria, who is passionate about mental health. She shares with us her lessons.
Tell us a bit about your business
My business is the provision of mental health services for soldiers and their families. The broad sense of it being advocacy, treatment, support and empowerment.
How did you raise funds for your business?
Most of it has come through my savings. Some of the funds through my professional services and, others from individual donations. A fact I aim to change in time.
What has been your biggest achievement in business so far?
Surviving thus far , lol! On the real though, thus far I consider it an achievement that I am growing in the direction of my clients needs in a steady fashion.
What do you think is the most important thing a start-up needs to be a success?
From a systems point of view, it is good to have a stream which has been tried and tested. This will provide a channel to fully pursue that which will likely be a success as you figure the rest of the big picture out. Internally, I think patience and a strong backbone are at the top of my list at this point.
What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started your business?
That l understand better than anyone, the journey which brought me to take on something that has not been done before in a field which for the most time elicits ambivalence on a good day 🙂 Therefore as the holder of the vision, l should ensure every activity and person involved revolves around the axis of the True North vision.
What advice would you give a young woman who wants to venture into business?
I would say do it because not venturing into a business you are not only good at but will also make you money means your life is a little less glorious.
How can our readers get in touch with you?
You can get intouch with me through my social media pages and my website as follows: