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Naked Pizza hits Nairobi

Updated 5:43 AM ET, Wed December 18, 2013
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A young entrepreneur has brought to Kenya the concept of Naked Pizza, a franchise that's basing its reputation on the usage of fresh ingredients. Jessica Ellis/CNN
Former banker Ritesh Doshi opened the Nairobi-based Naked Pizza store about a year ago on the promise of fast delivery and natural ingredients. Jessica Ellis/CNN
The company's menu offers nine pizzas, including the Ragin' Cajun, made of ingredients such as beef sausage, chicken, garlic, mixed pepper and red onion. Naked Pizza
Another option is the Mediterranean, made of artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, black olives and feta cheese. Naked Pizza
This is the Smokehouse, made of bbq sauce, red onions and chicken. Naked Pizza
Doshi says his company, which employs 32 people, has received a "fantastic" response and is already seeing growth and profits. Jessica Ellis/CNN
Naked Pizza says it receives between 100 and 150 orders on slow days and up to 400 at busier times. Jessica Ellis/CNN
Doshi's idea to bring the pizza franchise to his home country stems from his global travels working as an investment banker. He says in most places you can have a pizza delivered in about half an hour, so why not Kenya? Aamera Jiwaji
Yet, running such a business in Kenya is not without problems. Doshi says government bureaucracy and building a supply chain have both been challenging. Jessica Ellis/CNN