Esther Njeri Njoroge, the Chief Executive Officer of Bountiful Safaris, a leading tour and travel company, has denied any relationship with Bonfire Adventures.
For some time now, there have been allegations that Bountiful Safaris is a sister company of Bonfire Adventures, which was co-founded by Simon Kabu and his wife Sarah.
Njoroge worked for Bonfire Adventures for three years before calling it quits over alleged frustration from people she declined to name.
Months later, she started Bountiful Safaris and some people alleged that Kabu might have secretly helped her to open the company.
Speaking during an interview on the Metha Ya Kagoni YouTube channel, Njoroge said she laid the foundation of her company without any help from Kabu.
She revealed that much of the support came from her elder brother.
“I’m the only director of Bountiful Safaris and maybe if there is another director, it must be my brother. When I opened our offices, he paid my rent for three months,” she said.
Asked why she does not respond to trolls over the issue, Njoroge said she would not engage with people who do not know she started her entrepreneurial journey.
“I know the truth and I have no time for them (critics). My pastor and my mother also know the truth, so why should I explain myself?” she posed.
Before founding the firm, she said she worked in two toxic environments but remains grateful that the challenges shaped her.
She divulged that at one point she became depressed and attempted to kill herself.
“I spent a week in hospital with doctors detoxifying my body. That experience was bad and I vowed to never try to take my life again,” she said.
After launching her firm, the businesswoman said she was dismissed several times by people who looked down upon her because she is a woman.
However, she beat the challenges and now leads one of the most successful tours and travel companies. It employs at least 20 people.
“It has been a journey of faith. I remember my pastor would tell me that one day I will open my company and I could not believe her. Today, I’m so grateful,” Njoroge said.
She thanked comedian Timothy Kimani aka Njugush and his wife Celestine Ndinda for being the best marketers of Bountiful Safaris.
“When I approached them, I thought they would charge me millions of shillings. We’ve worked together so well and they have been a great support system.”