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Lessons from hawker in business for 20 years

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Martin Mburu, 45

I sell a variety of items like wallets, curtains, bed sheets, blankets and clothing items like undergarments for both male and female genders.

I have been in this line for twenty years currently. Initially, I ventured into farming after the high school and it was not realistic to live through farming alone owing to the much that went into inputs and the little realized in returns.

Post-harvest losses and middlemen also conspired to make farming less worth one’s investment.With only Sh500, I set into the path of self-employment after buying a set of items and went about hawking them in Nakuru town streets and the suburbs.

I have never operated from a fixed position and had been an itinerant hustler always on the move practically all the time looking for customers.

Though walking is as challenging as well as rewarding, rainy seasons are a different story as my movements are highly curtailed.Other than this, competition is much, with numbers of school leavers directly engaging in similar businesses or employed as sales agents.

Midmonth is when the sales are low owing to financial situation of many.To pitch well and see stock moving, I have to convince potential buyers to buy like a pair or a set of few items and get a price discount. Income is not consistent on a daily basis.

Some days, I have to return home with much of the stock having made little sales.On a good day, however, I make Sh3, 000 and as low as Sh500 on a bad one.

Source:Standard.co.ke

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Now what after DNA results confirm that Sharon and Melon are identical twins?

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Sharon Mathius and Melon Lutenyo are biological twins, DNA tests conducted by Lancet Kenya have revealed.

The tests released on Saturday showed that Sharon and Melon shared identical DNA profiles, with 23 allelic loci tested showing 100 per cent perfect match which is consistent with the two being biologically identical twins.

The report said that Rosemary Khaveleli Onyango could not be excluded as the biological mother of the twins who have compatible obligatory maternal allelic profile with a 99.999 per cent probability.

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The report also excluded Ms Onyango from being the biological mother of Mevis Mbaya with 12 out of 23 loci tested showing a mismatch. (Three or more mismatches are considered grounds of exclusion of paternity) the report stated.

The tests also showed that Melvis Mbaya exhibited a compatible obligatory maternal and paternal allelic profile with those of Ms Angeline Omina and Mr Wilson Lutah Maruti respectively.

The report released by Dr Ahmed Kalebi, CEO Lancet Group of Laboratories also showed that the probability of Melvis being Ms Omina’s daughter was 99.999 per cent.

SOURCE: Nation.co.ke

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Family members kill monster dad who shot dead his three children

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A man from Kapker village in Elgeyo Marakwet county – who shot dead his three children and injured another three on Monday – was killed on Thursday evening by his family members, police have confirmed.

Marakwet East police boss Vincent Kitili told journalists that David Kipkorir Kamaril was flushed from his hideout in Kabulwo village and shot dead by the irate kin with the same gun he used to kill his children.

Family and clan members executed the revenge with the coordination of villagers in the neighbouring Keiyo North Sub County.

Kipkorir had fled his village as police pursued him after the killings last Monday morning.

According to police, the group led by angry family and clan members frog-marched Kipkorir from the hideout all the way to their home in Kapker village where he was forced to get the gun he had used to shoot his children.

“The same gun was used to kill him by his clansmen,” read a police report.

The man was then hurriedly buried as the family members feared being caught by the police.

Mr Kitili said they will visit the village and conduct investigations on the matter.

Source:nairobinews

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Storm as J’s restaurant staff explains why they prefer whites over blacks

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J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen has become the butt on online rancor after one of its staff bluntly told a paying black customer that the establishment prefers whites customers.

A customer by the name Monique Kemboi wondered why she sometimes experiences ‘racist bias’ at the establishment and yet the establishment is in Kenya.

“Sometimes I have experienced racial bias where they attend to Whites and Indians faster than Africans which is saddening because we are in Kenya and in 2019 people, this should not be an issue but noted,” she posted on Instagram.

J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen, which has branches in Westlands and Karen, responded with a shocking reply.

“This exists all over Kenya not just J’s. It’s about tip culture not racism. All restaurant owners know this and it’s important to state the truth,” J’s staff responded.

The response has since been taken down by the establishment after it elicited a backlash.

The restaurant issued a statement on Thursday emphasizing their position on discriminatory behavior

“Notices will placed in our establishments stating our zero tolerance policy to any form discriminatory behavior or harassment of any form whether this maybe from any member of staff, patrons or any external security services deployed,” part of the statement read.

Their response still did not go down well with patrons who called them out more.

Yvonne Nyawira said; “Your response to Monique Kemboi is such an ignorant comment. So basically you are saying yes we are racist but it’s only because it’s for tips so it’s OK? Did you even think before coming here to respond in such a way? Have you thought about the countless Kenyans who spend money there until morning buying spirits, wines by the bottles and beers by the crates keeping your doors open so you can afford to pay staff and rent? Sustainability trumps your white folk who drink two beers all night. But you can go ahead and keep your tippers I’m out! ALSO, WE TIP!!! Not that this is the issue!”

While Ivy Kinuthia described how she also had a terrible time at the establishment.

“I used to visit Js regularly but had a horrible experience with security while visiting with a friend from another African country which resulted in extreme humiliation. I even asked to speak with the management and they literally dared me to do so. I made several phone calls that were not answered. What I got from that was that it was encouraged behavior. Please save us your non-discriminatory signs. Js is a self-hating, overpriced and non-inclusive venue. It’s been a year since I last visited and I am happy to say that I have no plans of returning. We need less businesses like you and I am glad to see that more people have caught on.”

“Your wait staff are entitled and require intensive training. It beggars belief that they treat Africans badly and still expect our tips (a concept that is as foreign as it is optional). It’s a fact that whites get preferential treatment in your establishment: In a country that is 99% black, you should be VERY ashamed of that. Do Better,” said Elayne Okaya.

A respondent by the name Yaw Twelve said; “You know I used to respect y’all until you responded to Monica. Being racist in your own country openly is one of the worst decisions you could make. Considering the economic instability of the currency, people have no time and patience for such kind of treatment. In a full African country with no predominance, you can afford to keep such a mindset…. I ain’t stepping near that place anytime soon.”

Source:nairobinews

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