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SME's contribute to a massive 60% of the GDP of Kenya. Standard Chartered Bank has seen this opportunity and is one of the few banks in Kenya to have developed a dedicated department looking after this sector. In this episode of IT'S AFRICA’S TIME we travel to the foothills of the magnificent Mount Kenya to meet Major Silas Mwiti on his farm Sunland Roses. Major Mwiti and his partner, Peter Viljoen, started Sunland Roses in 2000 and have developed it from a small enterprise into a hugely successful rose export business. Their partnership with Standard Chartered Bank Kenya has assisted Sunland Roses to access new markets as well as mitigate their foreign exchange risks, assisting it to expand from a mere 4 hectares to a massive 20 hectare farm. Today Sunland Roses exports to countries all over the world, their biggest market being Holland. It’s an inclusive partnership that has not only seen huge growth in the company's bottom line, but has also increased jobs and the health of the industry as a whole. Apart from running a successful business, Major Mwiti and his partner also give back to the community, supporting a local orphanage and several environmental conservation projects.


  • Cows and cameraman outside greenhouse
  • Greenhouse interior II
  • Koketso looking over Nairobi city
  • Major and roses
  • Man feeding roses CU
  • Rose CU
  • Roses on truck
  • Standard Chartered Bank exterior



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Travelling to the foothills of the magnificent Mount Kenya, IT’S AFRICA’S TIME meets Major Mwiti on his farm, Sunland Roses, a business which has been enabled to grow by Standard Chartered Bank’s dedicated SME development platform. “As a business, we understand the need to invest in technological advancements as well as take care of our people – each of whom are valuable in our long term success”, says the Major. “We are proud to share Kenya’s natural beauty and skills with people all over the world.”