Turkana South’s 42-year-old Reuben Kerio’s visual disability didn’t stop him from creating a profitable electronics repair business.
Kerio attended schools for the blind for both primary and secondary education. It was during his time at school that he discovered his strong talent for electronics repair. After graduation, Kerio started an electronics repair shop in his house, and soon after, developed a reputation as a trusted technician.
“I just found myself in the business. Nowadays I comfortably repair mobile phones, radio systems, as well as other electronic gadgets,” he told Citizen TV’s Cheboit Emmanuel.
Kerio has been running the repair shop for 12 years and has learned many crucial lessons along the way.
One of his worst experiences came when thieves broke into his shop and stole his equipment.
“I lost a lot of things, among them client’s mobile phones I had already repaired,” he recounted.
Villagers admitted that they are still in awe at how Kerio is able to repair the devices with his visual disability.
He hopes the government will help him financially, saying, “I also look forward to the day a well-wisher will come forward and offer me startup capital to push this business to new heights since it is something that flows in my blood.”
Fellow Kenyan, Zachary Nyange Muasya, also has a visual disability and is one of the top lecturers at the Kenya Institute of Special Education.
Speaking to TUKO.co.ke, Muasya revealed that he believes that his visual disability has given him more power to inspire people.
Colleagues complimented the gifted lecturer, saying he delivers valuable content to his listeners.