He worked and saved and opened a small shop and steel
processing unit selling metal products with a loan from a
benefactor in Nairobi’s low income suburb in 1990.
his wife toiled. They worked up to 18 hours every day.
Gradually, he expanded his business, and established a
steel rolling mill.
Today, it has expanded into the Devki Group which
primarily deals in steel, cement, infrastructure and real
It was not easy.
In the first factory, he laboured with the workers and
developed a close rapport to treat them as his family
The big competitors undercut him; so his raw materials
piled up along with huge unsold stocks.
He had no cash to pay his workers or his bank loan. In
this desperate situation, the prices of metal products
rocketed three times in a short period and he was able to
sell his stock and pay wages and the bank loan.
Since then, he has expanded his business.
In 1992, he set up a small steel rolling mill near
Nairobi to manufacture roofing and fencing materials.
Now Raval’s Devki Group owns four such mills, two cement
factories in Kenya, and one in Ethiopia, Uganda and the
Congo with $650 million in annual income.
The group employs more than 4,000 workers and is the
largest building materials company in East and Central
Awarded the Order of the Burning Spear, the highest
civilian award of Kenya, and a special philanthropy award by
the British government, he has been interviewed in many
African media, Times of India and made it to the
front page of Forbes Africa this year.