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From a Sales Agent to a Hotelier; How George Onyancha Made it in Botswana

November 18, 2018
By
Lavender Amunga
for Chams Media Digital

He is an energetic, passionate and focused businessman in Gaborone, Botswana where he has resided in for the past 16 years.

Surprisingly, apart from being a revered hotelier, he also was a farmer. In this week's Daring Abroad, we pitch camp in Gaborone to understand how he began and the journey so far. What can you learn from him?

From a Sales Agent to a Hotelier; How George Onyancha Made it in Botswana 1

George Onyancha, a hotelier in Botswana

Supported by his wife, Onyancha owns an entertainment resort in which he has managed to be his own supplier, i.e. he rears chicken whose products he uses for his hotel.

While not busy at the farm, the Onyancha’s are hands on at their entertainment resort.

From a Sales Agent to a Hotelier; How George Onyancha Made it in Botswana 2

The Onyanchas conversing with Alex Chamwada

He was born in Matutu settlement scheme in Nyaronde village in Nyamira County. And after his form four, he worked in their farm for a while before joining Kabete Technical College where he studied Civil Engineering.

However, due to lack of funds, he dropped out of school and continued with his farming then later dealt in various businesses. Thanks to a relative of his, he managed to get a job in Botswana where he dealt in other small businesses before joining real estate.

 

According to him, owning animals is a culture developing in Botswana and that is what inspired him to also invest in livestock.

From a Sales Agent to a Hotelier; How George Onyancha Made it in Botswana 3

The Tours and Travel shuttle owned by George

Apart form being an entertainment resort, George and Sons Safaris also engages in tours and travels both within and outside Botswana. Onyancha believes that he has marketed himself well enough for Kenyans visiting to be able to find them and be served by them.

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