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Form Two dropout turns life around with hair business

Roots Salon and Barber shop owner Steve Kumari attends to a client on January 2, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU
Roots Salon and Barber shop owner Steve Kumari attends to a client on January 2, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU 

When Steve Kumari left his Maua hometown for Nairobi in 1999, he was just 17-years-old, a naïve Form Two dropout who was tired of selling miraa (khat).

Mr Kumari, now 36, joined an 18-member gang based in Kibera and made an indecent living robbing people of their valuables.

A close shave with death – when they unknowingly attempted to rob a policeman —forced him to reform.

“While at it the man’s pistol fell from his back pocket. We ran as fast as possible. That was when my life changed,” he said.