Dharamsi Khatau

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Haji Dharamsi Khatau
Town of birth
  • Nagalpur
Country of birth
  • India
Date of Birth
  • 1865
Place of Death
  • Mombasa
Place of longest stay
  • Mombasa
Where-City or Country
  • Mombasa

Born in 1865 Nagalpur

Father
Full name Khatau Nanjani
Brother
Full name Jivraj Khatau
Child
Full name Haji Dharamsi Khatau
Brother
Full name Kara Khatau

In 1890, Dharamsi Khatua immigrated to Zanzibar from Bombay after travelling for a month in a dhow. He established Dharamsi Khatau and Co., which imported textiles from Germany, and proceeded to set up 40 branches throughout East Africa, including in Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Mazeras, Takangu, Kisumu, Bukoba, Nairobi and Meru, where the newly arrived Ithna-Asheries worked before establishing their own businesses.

In 1893, Dharamsi Khatau called his brother Jivraj Khatau from India to manage a branch of Dharamsi Khatau & Co in Mombasa.

Together with Jivraj Khatau, he settled substantial endowments for Mosques, Imambadas and Qabrastans.