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Betty Kyallo counts losses after closing business over Covid-19, sends plea to the government

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In the wake of the novel Coronavirus, government has instructed that business and any other ventures that are not critically essential as the country grapples to contain the virus, should be shut indefinitely.

This has roped in businesses like salons, the gym, a couple of organizations asking employees to work from home as well as learning institutions at large.

K24 journalist, Betty Kyallo, who doubles up as an entrepreneur was forced to close down shop as per the Government’s directive until the notice is lifted.

Kenyan journalist-cum-entrepreneur, Betty Kyallo

Flair by Betty is a boutique salon that offers hair, beauty, spa and barber services and is located at FCB Mihrab building, Lenana road, Kilimani.

Her public announcement to her clients read:

It is indeed a difficult time for our beautiful country, continent and the world but we pray and hope for the best in the coming days. I believe that the health and well-being of our clients and staff is supreme and should be jealously guarded and with that in mind, we have decided to suspend operations as per Government guidance until we get clearance that business can continue as usual.

Flair by Betty CEO< Betty Kyallo

Closing off:

We value you and are with you at heart.

Best wishes and positive thoughts.

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However, while having the interests of her clients at heart, she is worried about her business, having in mind rent and taxes will need to get paid as agreed.

I have decided to suspend services at Flair and it is because I completely understand the danger we all are in and I appreciate that we all have a responsibility as much as we are all going to be affected, I cannot even imagine how it will be without opening the salon.

Businesswoman, Betty Kyallo

While emphasizing on the importance of staying safe and staying at home, while hoping that the crisis ends soonest possible.

There is a bigger responsibility, we need to look at and appreciate our clients we hope this thing goes away soon. But most importantly we should stay safe. Stay at home. Do the right thing. It is rough. This thing is bigger than us, we need our health, it is bigger than the money we can get from our businesses.

Betty however pleads with the government to consider businesses and with the losses they are counting – issues like rent and taxes.

I hope that the government is also going to support businesses and people who rely on day to day casual jobs to make a living. I pray they can look into this like other countries have done because it is important not to forget that people make a living every day. They make money every day 500 bob, 200 bob, 1000 bob, to be able to feed their family.

Betty Kyallo

Her worry lies more with casual business people who rely on income on a daily basis and nothing like a paycheque at the end of the month.

I hope the government is also going to consider that we are not making any money, to pay rent and tax and all these things… Therefore, I pray there is a bigger plan by government to help businesses and also help the day-to-day people who rely on day-to-day movement to make a living. It is very important for them to think about us, more than ever. Right now.

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Visually impaired man with gifted hands sets sights on ‘shoe empire’

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They say, disability is not inability. All over the world, there are millions of people who have overcome physical challenges to succeed in life.

Not far from the expansive tea plantations of Kericho, one man has inspired many due to his ability to overcome odds and make the best out of every situation.

Bernard Maina Kipkorir, who lost his eyesight due to meningitis in 2007, is a fighter working his way up the ladder. Perhaps, a millionaire in the making.

Kipkorir, 38, believes in hard work and instead of sitting for hours waiting for alms by the roadside, due to his challenges, he makes shoes and sandals from cow hides.

He’s so good at his job that, without his white cane, you wouldn’t notice his blindness.

Kipkorir’s woes began in February 2007 when he started developing migraines.

When he consulted a doctor at the Kericho District Hospital, all seemed well.

“My head felt as if it was being hammered,” he says.

But after more visits to the doctor, he got admitted to the Kericho Home Nursing Hospital where he spent five months in the intensive care unit, and another two undergoing physiotherapy. It was then that he started losing his eyesight.

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“I couldn’t comprehend the goings on in my body, and I even lost the sense of time,”

Kipkorir says. Having lost vision in his left eye, he began adjusting to his new life. However, the condition recurred in October 2008 and he was admitted to the Kisii Level 6 Hospital, from where he was diagnosed with meningitis.

Kipkorir was then transferred to the Kenyatta National Hospital, where he also lost vision in his right eye while receiving treatment.

“After I was discharged, my doctor referred me to the social services and protection office for counselling and help. It’s then that I opted to go back to school to learn how to live again.”

With all resources at home depleted, the officers and his family held a fundraiser to raise his college fees. He finally enrolled at the Machakos Technical Institute for the Blind in 2010.

He studied braille and learnt about independent living skills as a blind person.

New shoe designs

In 2011, he joined the shoe making department and from that year up to 2017, he progressed from Grade III to Grade I.

Kipkorir has a national grade test certificate from the National Industrial Training Authority under the Ministry of Labour. While in college, his met his love, Jackline Langat.

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They have two children, Joyline Cheptoo and Jayden Kipchirchir.

“I have many challenges,” Kipkorir says. “The main one is capital to expand my business.

I need Sh120,000 to stabilise.” He also plans to go back to college to learn “the new shoe designs. It will help me boost my sales”.

His wife, Jackline, treasures her husband. “My peers ridiculed me when I married him, but I don’t think my life would have been any different or better.

He is a blessing to us; he works hard and provides for us. We never lack,” she says.

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Coronavirus: Terry Mungai’s statement on Ashleys’ closure

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Ashleys Hair and Beauty Academy has shut down indefinitely in a bid to avoid further spread of the deadly coronavirus disease that has, as of Tuesday, March 31, seen 59 people test positive in Kenya.

In a statement issued by the Ashleys Kenya Limited founder and CEO Terry Mungai, the academy will remain closed until the pandemic is contained.

“To our friends and partners, you have walked this journey with us, over the last 24 years, as your number one spot for all your styling and grooming needs. You have cheered us on as we have scaled the heights and we, in turn, have consistently given you the cherished personal and professional services you can only find at Ashleys.

“It is thus, with the utmost difficulty that we have chosen to take the socially-responsible decision to temporarily close down all our branches in order to fully tackle the present challenge of the Corona Virus,” read part of the statement.

She further called for unity and highlighted Kenya’s steadfast spirit as she buttressed precautionary measures to tackle the disease.

“As a nation, we have been shaken before but we have always triumphed through the times of uncertainty. We are confident with God’s help and other this nations leadership, we shall emerge victorious once again. For now, stay safe, stay at home and keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we shall too.”

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Flair By Betty

By shutting down, Ashleys has joined a list of other beauty businesses that have had to close shop due to the pandemic with the most recent being Flair By Betty.

In a statement, the Flair By Betty CEO Betty Kyallo announced the closure of the parlour assuring that her customers and staffs safety came first.

“This special communication comes in the wake of the effects of the novel of coronavirus. It is indeed a difficult time for our beautiful country, continent and the world but we pray and hope for the best in the coming days.

“I believe the health and well being of our clients and staff is supreme and should be jealously guarded. With that in mind, we have decided to suspend operations as per government guidance until we get clearance that business can continue as usual,” read part of the statement.

AFROSIRI salon

Singer Wahu on her part, instead of a complete shutdown, resolved to make adjustments.

Announcing the changes in an Instagram post, the AFROSIRI CEO encouraged clients to get lasting hairstyles that will ensure they stay at home for, at least 3 weeks, before having to visit a salon again.

“For this season, we advice all our esteemed @afrosirisalon clients to wear a hairdo that will last at least 3 weeks (21 days), and to wear short neat nails. For the next couple of weeks, we are open on Wednesday- Saturday and shall serve clients on appointment, ensuring that no more than 5 clients are in the salon at any one time.

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“We have also stepped up our sterilising procedures, and ensure all clients and staff alike practice regular hand hygiene (washing and sanitizing on entry/re-entry into the salon, washing and sanitizing of hands before the commencement of service and on completion of the same. We are also serving immune-boosting teas to all our clients. Service is by appointment only to ensure that we maintain the 5 client rule,” wrote Wahu.

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How to overcome a season of crisis

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BY GEORGE WACHIURI

A wise man once said that there is a season for everything under the sun – even when we can’t see the sun. Seasons are part of life just like day and night or winter and summer. Seasons of crisis, for instance the current Covid-19 pandemic, come to necessitate change. Crises are not permanent but the question is: How do we overcome such a season of crisis? Here are 7 tips:

1. Seasons guarantee change: A crisis can build brand new markets, remove the old and welcome the new and change the way of doing things. The change could be new innovations, bigger businesses, change of cultures, believes or behaviour change.

2. Crisis gives hope for tomorrow: When it is too dark, light is soon on its way. When you are jobless, you hope for a job soon. When temporary out of cash, you hope for hay days.

3. Nothing remain the same: Seasons come and go. Corona hit China and now China is almost certainly back on track. Seasons are very temporary. For those currently earning a percentage of their salary or no salary at all in different organisations, this is a situation that will not remain the same.

4. A Season of crisis gives incentives to plan for the future: The crisis phase come and go and we must plan for the next phase. The future is more promising than the present.

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5. A Crisis Season is Transient: The beauty about it is that days and weeks are moving. Soon, the crisis season will be over. We should not panic too quickly. We need to stand still, think and innovate.

6. Never respond permanently to a temporarily problem: Suicide, for example, is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. We can do better than committing suicide, giving up, or doing something that we might regret soon after the tough days are gone.

7. Keep a positive eye on opportunities brought by a crisis: See the opportunities created during a crisis and seize them if you can. Look at the bigger picture and position yourself approximately.

The author, is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 66 77 99 Email: diaspora@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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