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Drawing all the way to the bank!

The business profiles segment aims at giving Kalenjin entrepreneurs, change makers and opinion leaders’ a platform on which to tell their stories. Today we speak to Willyz Kurui.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Willyz Kurui. I come from Kisanana, Mogotio Sub-County, Baringo. I am an artist and Founder of Kuwi Arts, an online gallery where I showcase and market my art locally and internationally. I majorly specialize in Pencil drawings, Modern Abstract Wall paintings and Graphic Design. That is Pencil work and Fine arts.
When did you start?
I began drawing at the young age of 10 and later pursued it as a full time job after seeking further studies at COMBONI School of Arts. I’ve been practicing for close to 6 years now. All of my previous works can be found on my Social media platforms, Kuwi arts on Facebook, @Kuwi Arts on IG, Twitter, DeviantArt and Behanće.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced so far?
I am looking forward to expanding my field of art to a greater level and that comes with financial strain. Raising the required financial resources has been the biggest challenge so far, but I’m very much optimistic that everything shall be alright.

What are your plans going forward?
One of the main plans is to expand Kuwi Arts and make it the next big thing, that I would be able to mentor and nature young upcoming artists. I’d also like to give back to the community by coming up with programs to helps people with different talents discover and use their talents. Talent pays!

What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Start small and never give up even at hard times. Large capitals are not the only keys to success. What they need is the patience, hard work and a clear plan to their future. Everything takes time. Tough times don’t last tough people do. Keep trying, failing, learning and relearning time and again and with time, everything will work out for you.


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