DR. Esther Muchemi


Dr. Esther Muchemi is an astute entrepreneur, whose conquered many mountains and has peaked at the top of her entrepreneurial journey having built the empire that is Samchi Group over the last 20 years-a feat that has had her described by one of the media houses as one of Kenya’s silent female billionaires.
Before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, Dr. Esther professionally had built a sterling career in a tier one audit firms, starting out as a trainee in Ernest and Young and rising to the level of partner at PKF, at which point she decided to take a deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship and set up her first shop on Nairobi’s Koinange Street. That was 20+ years ago. Today, Samchi Group is a conglomerate of companies in the telecommunication, real estate, hospitality, finance, digital, events planning, and agricultural sectors.

For a number of years Samchi Telecoms has topped the Safaricom Agency charts as the number one Agency owning more than sixty (60) telecom shops across Kenya. Presently Dr. Esther is the chairperson of the Safaricom Dealers Association.
It is therefore no wonder that Esther has won recognition both at home and abroad having been awarded severally by Safaricom PLC (as the corporation top agent for over a decade and with over sixty outlets across the country). She is also a recipient of the Global Inspiration Women Leadership Award, Amazon’s 100 Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame to mention but a few. 

Recently Dr. Esther was awarded an honorary degree by Zetech University in recognition for her value-based entrepreneurial achievements, values that she has endeavored to pass on to the next generation and has immortalized in her book ‘Give Me My Mountain.’ As an advocate for value-based wealth creation, Dr. Esther Muchemi has always been passionate and eager to share her experience and industry knowledge to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. Over the years, she has therefore mentored and invested in a number of young innovators and entrepreneurs-one of her outstanding mentees being Chris Gathingu, the innovator behind the Lipa na Mpesa, sure pay payment system and most recently the M-PESA 1Tap solution. Esther is mum to Sam and Wanjiru Muchemi, whom she considers hers and her late husband’s greatest treasures.