Clarence Muhoro: I bought my first shares at Safaricom, Centum as a teenager

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Clarence Muhoro is a young investor and the founder of Young Investors Kenya.

He went from a young shy boy with a stammer to a sharp young mind with a keen eye for business investments. From buying Safaricom shares while he was still a teenager, Clarence has learned a lot along the way.

His passion for business began when he was still in primary school. In the course of his life, he has sold various things from newspapers, pin pops to cakes. He has also volunteered in various businesses during school holidays. 

Background and Education

He was born in Nairobi Hospital and brought up in Kahawa Wendani. The young entrepreneur attended Kahawa Wendani primary school before joining Thika Road Primary School and in upper primary joined Gilgil Hill Schools (Class 5-8).

At Gilgil, he was instilled with the mindset and work ethic to be the best. He went on to become index one in his final year and after sitting his KCPE examination, he scored 416 marks and took position 19 overall.

Thereafter, he joined Juja Senior School which follows the IGCSE system.

Here, he grew more, gained exposure and got the chance to engage in various activities.

At the institution, Clarence Muhoro learned it was okay to make mistakes and most of all built his confidence. 

For tertiary education, he joined the United States International University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, focusing on Investment Management. The University further shaped him and allowed him to explore.

He joined clubs and spent time in the well-equipped library reading books including the famous Rich Dad Poor Dad.

While at the university, he founded a club named the USIU Investors club. Here, they would train young people and bring in guests among other things. 

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Investment Journey 

His journey in investment began in 2018. He attended a presentation on Cryptocurrency in Westlands.

This ignited his love for investment. Together with his family, they invested in a scam digital currency but this did not deter him. 

“We ended up investing as a family and two years later, it turned out to be a scam!” the 20-year-old says.

“By the end of 2018, I had read a lot of books on investment and taken finance classes and was really excited to invest in shares and try to be the Warren Buffet of Kenya,” says Mr. Muhoro.

Since he had a chama with friends and family, he asked whether they would be up for investment and they agreed. This enabled them to buy the first 100 shares at Safaricom at Sh22 per share. 

“I looked at Safaricom and saw the right essentials and fundamentals of a wonderful company. They had great leadership under Bob Collymore, happy employees, and products and services that were likely to grow further into the future. This indicated great growth into the future and that is what I was looking for,” he told Business Daily. 

Afterward, he teamed up with his brother to buy 100 shares at Centum. They used accumulated coins they had saved up in jars to buy the shares. 

In three months, the Safaricom shares had grown by 40% and the Centum by 9%. By July 2021, he had invested in over 6 companies at the Nairobi Securities Exchange and had over 1500 shares. 

Currently, he has invested in about six companies at the NSE with over 1,500 shares.

“My ideal investment strategy is to look for growth stocks. Stocks with the potential of growing 2x, 5x, 10x or 100x in the future. I used to check on dividends too or look for undervalued companies but I realized that looking for growth stocks was a far more efficient approach,” he says.

“I also speculate sometimes with a small percentage of my funds when certain news occurs or before dividends are announced and get some small gains.”

While still studying at USIU, he also got the chance to work as an administrative assistant at Barclays Life Assurance Kenya and as an assistant accountant at Treetop Sky Foods Limited. 

Clarence Muhoro also got the chance to start Young Investors Kenya in 2020. This is a Bootcamp company that teaches young people about investments.

The boot camps have helped the young entrepreneur share his experience with others, he says. 

“The boot camps have been a success having taught over 200 guys and getting 70 that I personally know of to start buying their first shares in the Nairobi Securities Exchange,” he says.

The company was started during the wake of Covid-19 which he believed was the right time to invest since markets were down. It grew from one person to over 7,000 members.

Young Investors Kenya trains young people to make wealth through business and investments. They have various programs including rigorous boot camps. 

Currently, he serves as a team leader at Young Investors Africa. One thing his experience has taught him is how to be a leader and how to work with people who have different personalities.

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