Meet Heshan de Silva: A Kenyan, Started a Multi-million Dollar Business With US$116

Heshan de Silva, a 25 years old Kenyan man’s story will inspire you. Learn how he built a multi-million dollar business empire, starting with less than a $150.

Heshan de Silva is a Kenyan, in 2007, he dropped out of school. Then, he was in the US, but as things got worse, he went back to Kenya to join his parents.

The Power of Re-investing

He was aged 18 at the time he was given 10,000 Kenyan shillings (US$116) by his parents to start a business. Heshan decided to target the bus travel sector. He went into selling of insurance bundled with bus ticket purchase. By the end of the year, it was widely reported in the media that the business has made 90m Kenyan Shillings (US$1.05). Now, that’s amazing! He didn’t stop there; Heshan reinvested; but this time, into his new business: De Silver Group, a venture capital firm.

Also read: Successful African Entrepreneurs


Here’s a man with an incomplete education, financial constraints, little experience, but he started anyway. He eventually learned the other things on-the-job. And now, he had been featured in CNN and Forbes Magazine as one of Africa’s most successful young person.

Was Heshan Lucky?

There’s no doubt that luck played a role in heshan de Silva success journey but the question is: If he wasn’t there at the appointed time, would the luck had met him? I will keep emphasizing on the need to start right where you are. Unless you haven’t figured it out what you want to do or where you want to be. Once you already know where you are heading, commence your journey immediately. Do not wait for everything to be set.

There are some things, you will find them on your way by providence. How that’s going to be is not your headache. Remember there’s God and He’s with you all the way, wants you to succeed as much as you want to be. So walk with Him.

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