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Kenyans in the US fault KQ for plan to cut daily flights to NY

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The surprise announcement that Kenya Airways was cutting down the number of flights in the recently launched Nairobi-New York route has stirred mixed reaction from Kenyans living in the US.

Joseph Kimani, a Kenyan resident of Allentown, said blaming winter for the decision just a few weeks after launch did not make sense given the upcoming festive season.

This is unbelievable! Do you mean to tell me that Kenya Airways cannot get at least 500 people to fly between Nairobi and New York every day even during this Christmas festivities?” he said.

Mary Amollo of Dover, Delaware, says she is saddened by KQ’s move to cut back on daily flights to Nairobi because she was planning to travel to Kenya mid next month to join friends and family in Alego for Christmas.

“We celebrated the launch of the direct flights not just because it was a matter pride. We embraced it because in the long run, it’d be convenient and cheaper. Look at us now, is there anything apart from running that we can as a country and do it well?” she posed.

Some Kenyans both at home and abroad have suggested KQ should change it ticket pricing model and target market.

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We were abused and trolled when we dampened the irrational exuberance over Nairobi -New York Flight. Kenya must first develop a big middle class that can fly daily. The middle Cass in Kenya is very small. It’s why we can’t sustain upscale malls”, tweeted lawyer Donald Kipkorir of Nairobi.

Lenny Kibe, a Kenyan resident of New Haven, Connecticut believes KQ should do more in targeting Kenyans living in the US.

“There are thousands of Kenyans who vacation every year in Kenya. Sadly, KQ did not market to this large Kenyan market. KQ should have partnered with tour operators to bus/fly Kenyans from the Midwest to New York for direct flights to Nairobi” He said.

In an apparent response to this, Kenya Airways in fact announced a discount on flight tickets for Kenyans living in the US.

The airline said last week that Kenyans who fly on its newly launched direct flights between New York and Nairobi will enjoy a 10 per cent discount on tickets and luggage fees.

By CHRIS WAMALWA Business Daily

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PHOTO: What is happening in Amani Ridge the Place of Peace.

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Today 11.08.2020

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How Covid-19 lifted my Sh1,000 business

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Covid-19 has hit the working class hard. President Uhuru Kenyatta during one of his recent statements warned of 500,000 job losses in six months should Covid-19 persist.

And women bear the brunt of the pandemic as most of them work in the informal sector, the hardest hit by the job cuts.

For Purity Namalwa Nasilwa, however, losing her job was a blessing in disguise.  Instead of drowning in sorrow and self-pity, she used the chance to make a financial comeback.

The 22-year-old sat for her KCSE in 2018, attained a B (Minus) grade, earning her admission to Kenyatta University but lack of school fees did her in.

ACCEPTED FATE

“I had accepted that my life and fate had entered into a coalition to mess me up…Poverty had been hanging around my neck like a guillotine and I had accepted that God’s grace was sufficient for me to enable me live a day at a time,” she says.

Her dream to pursue a course in hospitality went up in smoke when her parents could not afford her campus fees. Countless visits to her Kiharu MP’s office in search of help bore no fruit.

She immersed herself into casual labour in food joints in Murang’a town.

“For one and a half years, she eked a living in Mitura (African sausage) and soup joints, earning between Sh100 and Sh200 as daily wages,” she says.

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In the course of toiling to make ends meet, she got pregnant.

PREGNANT AGAIN

“It did not come as a surprise to me. When life seems harsh to you, you get psyched that misfortunes are part of life. I found myself looking forward to giving birth and even expecting to get pregnant again. I cared not a damn…Little did I know I was sinking slowly into depression,” she says.

Then Covid-19 arrived into the country, all food joints in Murang’a were closed and she was jobless!
“Even when Governor Mwangi wa Iria revised the trade sanctions a month later, the damage had already been done since many small businesses had ran out of capital to pay rent and sustain profitability margins,” she says.

With house rent arrears of Sh5, 000 and hunger staring down at her and her baby, Ms Nasilwa knew her life was nearing unbearable limits.

Purity Nasilwa at her business premise in Murang’a County, preparing the immune boosting juice. PHOTO | MWANGI MUIRURI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

She sought help from her mum.

RENT ARREARS

“She gave me Sh1,000. It was a sacrifice since she was also experiencing the vagaries of Covid-19-induced financial hardships. My first instinct was to go shopping for food reserves. But wait; and afterwards? The rent arrears were accumulating,” she got thinking.

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She had read, in the Bible, about the mustard seed and how it multiplied to generate wealth. The more she thought along that line, the more she got inspired to devise a way of making that Sh1,000 grow.

“I cracked my head for a strategy. An inspiration from nowhere struck my head and opened my horizons far and wide. I became aware that there was a market craze that was building about natural fruits touted to be immunity boosters against Coronavirus,” she says, adding that “that was my Eureka moment.”

She bought food reserves worth Sh300. She used the balance, Sh700 to buy Sh40 avocadoes, Sh50 pineapple, Sh50 bananas, Sh80 beetroots, Sh100 garlic, Sh50 sugarcane and Sh30 tomatoes.

JUICE BLENDING

“With Sh300 in hand now, I bought some plastic cups and jugs worth Sh200 and the balance of Sh100 became my cash in hand,” she says.

The next stop was at a neighbour’s house who gave her a juice blending machine.
She then approached a friend who runs a cybercafé along Biashara Street of Murang’a town for a space to display her new enterprise on a small wooden table.

“It must have been God’s favour since, from my starting stock, I made about 3,000ml of assorted juices, all of which were bought at Sh1,500 equivalent to a net profit of Sh900!” she says.

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While many companies hurt during the coronavirus pandemic, some small businesses like Ms Nasilwa’s are seeing more and more customers by the day.

RELIEF FOOD

“It was too sweet to be true because my sales kept on growing by the day. I have expanded my start-up to include immunity booster uji (porridge) made of organic tuber flour, smooth and fresh juices, detoxes, puddings and salads, “ she says noting that on a bad day, “ I’m guaranteed at least Sh600 as profit.”

She does not require ‘Kazi Mtaani’ or relief food to earn a livelihood since she is self-reliant.

Ms Nasilwa is now more positive about life and says her future is premised on two hopes —either she gets sponsors to see her pursue university education that poverty denied her despite being qualified, or get a breakthrough in her business.

“My greatest lesson in life out of this Covid-19 experience is that not all calamities are bad…Covid-19 pandemic to me was a blessing in disguise. Again, I have come to realise that there is no small money in the hands of a determined mind to multiply it,” she says.

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