Dr. Swarup Mishra: I Left my motherland India for Kenya with Ksh 30,000 but Ended Up Making Ksh 10 Billion within Years

Born in 1965 in Orissa, India, Dr. Swarup Mishra, accompanied by his wife Dr. Pallavi Mishra, embarked on a transformative journey by relocating to Kenya in 1997.

Their decision was fueled by aspirations for a better future, leading them to settle in Eldoret, a town renowned for its dynamic community and promising prospects.

Their initial arrival in Kenya was marked by significant challenges, with only $500, roughly equivalent to Sh30,000 at the time, to their name. However, rather than succumbing to adversity, they used it as a catalyst for their ambition.

Dr. Mishra commenced his professional journey with sporadic surgical engagements in and around Eldoret, laying the groundwork for his impactful medical career. Subsequently, he secured a teaching position at Moi University School of Medicine, dedicating 16 years to educating the next generation of medical practitioners, particularly in reproductive health.

The pivotal moment in Dr. Mishra’s trajectory arrived in 2006 when, together with his wife, he founded the first Mediheal hospital in Eldoret. Through a combination of personal savings and loans, they established a facility that not only offered healthcare services but also spearheaded advancements in the medical field. The Eldoret branch, strategically positioned along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway, specialized in reproductive health, notably pioneering laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedure in East Africa.

Buoyed by the success of their flagship hospital, the Mishras expanded their enterprise, opening branches in Nakuru and Nairobi, thereby reaffirming their commitment to accessible and high-quality healthcare. Their vision transcended national boundaries, with international branches in Ethiopia and Rwanda, elevating the reputation of the Mediheal brand to one synonymous with excellence.

The financial prosperity resulting from their endeavors marked a significant milestone for Dr. Mishra. In a previous interview, he disclosed, “As we are talking now, our total investment in terms of the number of hospitals and the services we offer is around 100 million dollars, which is around Sh10 billion.”

However, Dr. Mishra’s contributions extended beyond medical achievements. Through their philanthropic endeavors, the Mishra family integrated themselves into the Uasin Gishu County community, earning Dr. Mishra the affectionate title ‘Kiprop arap Chelule’ among the Kalenjin people, signifying his generosity and embrace of the local culture.

In 2017, Dr. Mishra ventured into Kenyan politics, securing a landslide victory for the Kesses parliamentary seat on a Jubilee party ticket. Despite his initial success, the political landscape proved unpredictable, leading him to contest as an independent candidate in the 2022 general election. Despite his previous triumph, he faced a formidable opponent in Julius Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, ultimately conceding defeat.