When Pro Gas was first unveiled, rumors spread fast and became almost believable that the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) company belonged to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.
Pro Gas with its almost girlish pinkish cylinder has made its intent clear in the Kenyan market as many customers embrace it due to its affordability and availability. The company’s writes of its cylinder:
We believe in quality, affordability, reliability, safety, and the highest standards that will inevitably grow the market as a whole.
Who is the owner of Pro Gas
The founder of Pro-Gas is billionaire businessman Mohammed Jaffer. The company started operations in Kenya in 2017 and has gone to establish itself as a market leader.
More about Mohammed Jaffer
The owner of Pro Gas was born in Mombasa in 1948. He is the owner of Africa Gas and Oil (AGOL) which owns Proto Energy Limited under which Pro Gas is sold.
The billionaire is the founder of MJ Group, Africa’s largest provider of cargo handling services at the port of Mombasa. According to a piece appearing on Forbes Magazine, the terminal cost Jaffer $35 million in the 1990s and is now valued at over $140 million.
His company has other cargo handling terminals and freight stations in Kenya, Uganda, and the United States as well as LPG Terminals and a grain terminal at the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana in the United States.
Mohammed Jaffer’s vast empire that is estimated at $1 billion started four decades with an initial investment of $200, reports Khoja Leadership Forum (KLF).
Advice to young entrepreneurs
“I am grateful to God that he gave me a healthy life up to my advanced age. Youth should take over from elders. Elders must have faith in the youth. They are our future. I tell upcoming entrepreneurs that there is no shortcut to success. You can’t make it without hard work, dedication, and being honest. The three give a solid foundation to business success,” Jaffer’s who now concentrates on charitable courses was quoted by KLF.
Jaffer Foundation Charitable Trust
The entrepreneur has left the running of his companies to his children and now directs his energy to Jaffer Foundation Charitable Trust. His Foundation supports education projects, housing projects, access to water and medical assistance.
His other charitable works are listed below:
Jaffer also has an exceptional roster of further charitable work:
- Founder Member and Honorary Life Member of Rotary Club of Bahari, Mombasa
- Founder and Convenor of Jaipur Foot Endowment Fund
- Founder of the Polio Plus Endowment Fund
- Founder of Innerwheel Breast Cancer Endowment Fund
- Founder and Convenor of the Charitable Trust of Bahari Club
- Trustee of Reach-out Rehabilitation Trust
- Life Member of Muslim Education Welfare Association (MEWA)
- Life Member of Kenya Red Cross Society
- Life Member of United Sports Club
- Patron of Jaffery Sports Club
- Trustee of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat, Mombasa
According to a post appearing on 254news, a PR firm contracted by Proto Energy Limited to carry out Pro-Gas marketing campaigns is accused of pocketing money that was meant for promotions late last year.
The agreement was that participants with the highest likes on Pro Gas social media pages would be automatically awarded cash prizes and complete gas cylinders.
The winners have never been awarded some few months later, at least according to the blog.
Even with this bad publicity, very few Kenyans will care as long as Pro-Gas remains affordable and easily accessible.
Pro Gas Contacts
Head Office, 5th Floor, The RiverFront, Prof. David Wasawo Drive, Off Riverside
P.O. Box 50384 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
+254 709 373 000 [email protected]