GladysGladys Syombua

Manager Agape Bookshop

The bookshop was established and started operating in the year 1995 at the Church Army Africa headquarters on Jogoo road as a provincial project, in November 2004 with the recommendation of the bookshop management committee, bookshop was temporarily closed but later re-opened at the Central Business District By June, 2005.

 However, one year later the bookshop made huge losses and was unable sustain its operations. This was attributed to lack of control and supervisory systems coupled with a robbery which occurred at the premises in December 2005. In the year 2010, the then Bishop Peter Njoka retired and was succeeded by the Rt. Rev. Joel Waweru who set up an investigations and audit team. The report revealed the sources of loss and in December 2010, the then manager resigned.

A new committee was appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Joel Waweru with the mandate of streamlining the operations and increasing profitability of the bookshop, a new Manager and an assistant was recruited. The bookshop then took an upward trend in sales and profits.

In 2014, the then manager resigned. In January 2015 a new manager was recruited, since then, bookshop has continued to make profits despite the relocation from the Central Business District to upmarket area of Nairobi’s’ Westlands which in the managements’ view was accessible to more clients.

 We are currently accessed mainly by clients from the Anglican churches rated at 80%, other denominations rated at 15%, individual clients at 5%. Our major sales items are Holy Communion items, liturgical items as well as books and stationeries, however the bookshop is forward to reaching the area of e-books and music in the near future.

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