In Summary
  • Savannah Space is the brainchild of Cherie Kihato. One of the things the year-old company does is put together these street fairs for vendors to exhibit their work.
  • The vendors are all Kenyan, and strictly exhibit furniture and pieces for home decor.
  • Cherie, 24, singlehandedly organises these street fairs; she also bears the heartache of being rejected by vendors and sponsors she reaches out to.

Forty Kenyan vendors will be exhibiting their handmade products at Savannah Space’s street fair Saturday. It is happening at The Node, Westlands, Nairobi, until 7pm. I suggest you drop everything you are doing and head on there. You will not pay for entrance, but you will pay for some pizza and buckets of beer to wash it down. And, of course, bag yourself a Kenyan-made item. Win win.

MORES NOs

Savannah Space is the brainchild of Cherie Kihato. One of the things the year-old company does is put together these street fairs for vendors to exhibit their work. The vendors are all Kenyan, and strictly exhibit furniture and pieces for home decor.

Cherie, 24, singlehandedly organises these street fairs; she also bears the heartache of being rejected by vendors and sponsors she reaches out to. Savannah’s pilot was a Christmas Fair in December 2018. She held another in April. She dubs this August edition “Street Fair II”.

Cherie tells me her story:

“No one sponsored our first fair in December 2018. I had also reached out to over 100 vendors to exhibit their products, but I got more nos and non-responses than I did yeses. I understood that it was the growing pains of a young business. I needed a track record. The 40 who said ‘yes’ made the fair happen. Whatever I charged got them a table, two chairs, traffic and buyers.

We had a turnout of 750 during our April fair.

We lost Dad when I was nine months old. I’m told he died from a heart attack. I don’t remember anything about him, but I see his photos.

I went to the University of Sheffield (UK) on a partial scholarship for my bachelor’s degree. I took a common course in my first year with a wonderful Greek lecturer. His name was Vas. He broke down the theories in such fascinating ways. I ended up switching majors to politics and philosophy because of him.

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