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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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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

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Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

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To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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Enough is Enough: Kenyan man in US relocates to motherland to become a farmer

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In a bold move and which took great courage, a former Kenyan Diaspora man Kunga Kihokia who was born and raised in Miami Florida has moved back to Kenya, bought a 20 acres piece of land and established an organic farm in Murang’a.

Initially, Kunga had planned to be in Kenya for three weeks 5 years ago but after what he says was the realization of the problems affecting Kenyans because of western lifestyle which he himself was struggling with, he felt strongly to start an organic farm to address those problems.

Kunga has built a water tower to use gravity that allows the water to get pumped and distributed  through  irrigation into the field. Everything in the farm is powered by solar energy and he has dug a borehole that supplies enough water for the farm. Watch the video, be inspired  and enjoy.

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