Lilian Katiso said in our chat with her that she has a passion for helping businesses grow and be sustainable. “Statistics have it that when businesses start only 10 percent survive, meaning the ninety percent die off in the first year, and then keeps on dropping to the third year. One of the things we noticed is that their financial management systems are not in place. My passion is to help businesses and even individuals to establish sustainable financial management systems that will not only enable their businesses to survive but to thrive.” She likes talking about business sustainability and during our interview you could feel the passion and urgency with which she spoke and felt every business should thrive. “I have a bias to finance and especially financial management because of the accountant in me.” At this point, Lilian starts to wonder loudly whether she should tell me the long story of how she became one of the speakers for the Business Conference at Deliverance Church. I tell her she has all the time in the world. “The person who invited me to be a speaker told me to be a speaker because I write weekly articles on how to support SMEs.” She told me of her day job that involves her advising businessmen and businesswomen. Her need to write came from the knowledge of the fact that many other businesses must be facing challenges similar to those she encounters. I was quick to suggest that she should be putting all the things that she writes in a blog. To my amazement, she already had a blog. She said, “I am a chartered Certified accountant but I love gardening.” The blog is called “The Accounting Gardener.” She says people often laugh at the name but she can’t separate the accountant from gardener.”Gardening was my passion from childhood.” She also writes weekly articles for her Facebook Page The Accountancy and Business Clinic.
Shockingly her blog idea and concept was birthed as a need to tell her own story of gardening and share pictures of her flowers and ornamental plants. This happened after her story of gardening and use of a small space to cultivate flowers was featured in the newspaper for over a period of up to ten weeks. She said to herself, “someone else is writing my story. The newspaper will be trashed. Why not write my own story for my grandchildren to see in the future?” She does not consider herself a blogger but says she Googled, How To Start A Blog and set up her blog by herself. I told her that having a blog qualifies her to be a blogger. Given the fact that she is a chartered certified accountant with an MBA already and a person who has loved gardening from childhood, her blog features both sides of her. Here is where Accountancy and Gardening met. We the dove back into our discussion about her accounting. She tells of many things leading to her finding herself studying accounting at Daystar University in Kenya. “For me, whatever my hand finds to do. I do it with the whole of my heart.” At the Business Conference she will be speaking about managing business finances. When asked why she thinks everyone involved in business should attend the Conference, she says, “There are many different speakers who will be handling different topics. The theme is “Fruitfulness In Business.” Many things contribute to a business’s success; from governance, marketing, human resource, financial management and many more things. Financial management is one of the pillars. A business needs all the different pillars and the different speakers will address the different pillars. My pillar will be Financial Management.” We were looking for a good story to tell. Thanks to the business conference that will happen starting 4th to 8th May at Deliverance Church, we got a story worth sharing. I may just have to warn you, if you find her LinkedIn account and start reading her notes on business skills and SMEs, you will spend a good amount of hours held captive by her writing and wealth of knowledge. We discussed more than what I could share with you here but, you can find this and more at the Business Conference and remember to check out her blog and LinkedIn for existing materials for you to consume for free. See you there. And our thanks go to Lillian Katiso for freely sharing with us.