Bimal Shah recalls how his grand father Fulchand Gada had big dreams when he migrated to Kenya from Timbdi in Jamnagar, Gujarat in 1912. Gada started a small store in 1958, his two sons opened a single oven bakery called Broadway and sold bread to nearby towns and villages. In 1979, which was the year Bimal joined the family business, they upped their act setting up a bread making factory across four acres in Thika, 50 km north of Nairobi.
Today, Broadway Bakery Limited is among the biggest bread-making companies in East Africa, producing over 2.5 lakh loaves daily . Employing over 400 people, the bakery delivers bread to over 200 distributors and 200 supermarkets across all main towns. "We have also set up our own flour-mill called Bakex Millers Limited," says Shah, who is proud of his Indian-Kenyan heritage. In 2012, the family celebrated 100 years in Kenya and over 100 members of the extended family -who are now spread across the globe -participated. "We have assimilated into the local population and strive to contribute to Kenya's development," Shah says.
A frequent visitor to the state, he says a Gujarati never forgets his roots and the importance of qualities like compassion and dedication to community welfare. "Today, we conduct programmes in the slums around our plants, have set up charitable trusts for healthcare and education and have donated land for schools and social institutes," he says, adding, "I am happy with India's progress and would love to be part of the success story".
Courtesy of The Times of India.
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