Kagure Wamunyu simplifies the supply of building materials, with Jumba

By : Melchior Koba

Date : vendredi, 02 juin 2023 14:13

She studied civil engineering and urban planning. After working with various logistics companies, she founded her own company, Jumba, to solve construction challenges in Africa. 

Kagure Wamunyu (photo) is the co-founder and CEO of construction tech startup Jumba. The Kenyan-born entrepreneur studied engineering at North Carolina State University, graduating with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. She also holds a bachelor's in mathematics from Meredith College (2013) and a doctorate in sustainable urban development from Oxford University (2022)

In 2022, she co-founded (with Miano Njoka)  the construction tech company Jumba to ease the supply of building materials. The startup developed a business-to-business platform that seamlessly integrates the building materials supply chain, offering not only a marketplace for building materials manufacturers and suppliers but also a single, reliable source of materials for hardware stores and construction companies. It ensures item delivery and transparency, enabling customers to track their deliveries in real time.  The goods marketed on the platform are affordable, as Jumba makes sure that buyers pay no extra charges. 

In February 2023, the start-up raised $4.5 million to further expand in Kenya. "Kenya will remain our core market, the opportunity is massive here. We plan to scale in this market to acquire more customers before we explore the next market," said Kagure Wamunyu at the time.

The latter, apart from leading Jumba, is also the co-owner of Lava Latte, a women-run café that offers a conducive space for work meetings and relaxation. Before founding her company in 2022, she was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Kobo 360, a pan-African technology logistics company.

In 2015, she joined Uber Kenya where she worked, for two years successively as Operations Manager and Country Manager. In 2017, she was hired by Bridge International Academies as Senior Strategy Director in East Africa. 

In 2018, she made it to the Business Daily Africa’s list of the top 40 Under 40 women. 

Melchior Koba


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