Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka grew up watching her dad run his own business to the point where he became successful. She would often sit at his office doing her homework and watch how he would engage with his staff. He always told her to not be afraid of big numbers, which is something most entrepreneurs are sometimes scared of. She learnt earlier on that it is key to not compromise the business by charging too little.
Persistence, punctuality and consistency are also key traits that she managed to acquire earlier on as she watched her father. She admired this quality in him and she wakes up as early each morning. One thing she remembers is that she never saw him when he was down or even about to give up. Her entrepreneurial journey has not been easy, but she is not about to give up anytime soon.
Otieno Muka is now the chief executive officer/human resources consultant at Recours Four Kenya Consultants, Kenya, Africa. She started the R4 Kenya Consultants with $2,000 of her savings because she strongly believes in empowering youth in their careers. Her passion in the human resources sector was also driven by young students who join universities without making informed decisions.
Otieno Muka and the R4 Kenya team offer professional human resources services in consultancy, recruitment, training and staff outsourcing. The company’s clients include the World Bank Group, Kenya National Examination Council, United States Agency for International Development, the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline plc and Sportpesa.
A 2013 update by Kenya’s Youth Initiative Development Programme said “there are about 500,000 youths who graduate, ready to enter the job market every year without any formal skills…due to the slow economic growth and several other factors, about 75% remain unemployed.”