Shicco Waweru is a Kenyan businesswoman, farmer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Limavest Limited, a liability incorporated company that mainly deals not only in the business of selling land affordably but also utilizing it by farming pineapples on large scale in order to maximize on the full potential of the land.
Shicco was born in Maralal, Samburu county . After attending Kenyan schools, she took up employment as an ECD teacher and later joined her husband in business .
For several years Shicco Waweru ventured into different modes of farming, trying her hand at both small and large scale farming which was not as successful as she had anticipated . She then decided to become a stay home mother due to the prior failed attempts in farming .
It is during this period that she bore the idea of Limavest Limited due to her need to generate a passive income while still being present for her family.
“Having been a stay home mum for almost seven years, I felt it was about time I do something that generates income. I also did not want to loose my time for family. I’ve had an interest in pineapple farming due to the longevity of the plant as it is harvested for at least seven years without requiring much effort. When I spoke to my husband about it, he bought 100 acres (in Malindi),” she says.
The investment generates around Ksh200,000 per acre on every harvest, for at least seven seasons, while seasons come after 9 months.
“We have a system that collects payments and generates receipt so all you need to do is call us and provide your details which we use to create an account in our system, make your payment and you will be on your journey to being your own boss,” she says.
Pineapples, once planted will take 18 months to give you your first harvest. There after, from the same plant you will harvest yearly up to 7 years without re-planting. Harvest includes the pineapple fruit per plant, and at least two suckers (seedlings).
Shicco Waweru is a wife and a mother of one.