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Kenyan who grows and sells ‘Managu’ in the US smiles all the way to the bank

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In 2018, Kenyans were ranked as the third most industrious immigrants in the US behind Ghanaians and Bulgarians.

Kenyans scored 73.4 percent to emerge third in the list of hardworking and most skilled immigrant groups in the US, according to the report compiled by Bloomberg.

Henrietta Moraa Isaboke of Massachusetts has proved that Kenyans in the US are indeed enterprising and hardworking.

Moraa, who moved to the US 19 years ago aged 13, is reaping big by mainly growing traditional vegetables such as managu on a one-acre parcel of land.

“My father obtained a green card in 2000, I was 13 at the time so I didn’t have a choice of whether I was moving or staying,” she told Kenyans.co.ke in a recent interview.

The idea of farming originated from her mother who started a small kitchen garden in 2006 where she grew vegetables for family consumption. She later expanded the farm and was able to supply vegetables to friends in Massachusetts and neighboring states.

“She used to grow small things that were readily available here like collard greens, kale (Sukuma wiki), Swiss chard (spinach), and tomatoes. Soon after she was able to provide vegetables for families and friends that were African especially Kenyan who lived in our state and some from surrounding states like New Hampshire,” Moraa explained.

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Moraa later joined in to help her mother in farming, a venture that has resulted in immense gains for the family.

“We grow managu, chinsaga, kunde, mchicha (both green and red) mrenda, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, peas, pumpkins, beans, broccoli, tomatoes, Jilo (Brazilian eggplant) and maize,” she says.

“It wasn’t hard getting customers for our traditional vegetables. I would just go outside a Kenyan church and after their Sunday services, they would buy the vegetables. 98% of the time all the farm produce I had would sell out failing to meet demand.”

World Farmers, an organization that helps immigrant and refugee farmers in the US get access to land and market, came in hand for Moraa and her family.

“We usually sell to World Farmers wholesale and they distribute to buyers throughout Massachusetts. This way, we do not have to individually venture into the American wholesale market.”

What challenges did she face?

She says “…. planting on such a large scale is difficult due to time constraints without the proper machinery. Man and woman power is not enough with a Jembe in most cases.”

Moraa, a mother of two girls aged nine and two, admits the venture earns her family some good cash.

“The thing about farming is your ultimate boss is the weather. We only plant 5-6 months because of the changing seasons. We do have a High Tunnel (greenhouse), which allows us to extend the season a little. As for how much we make let’s just say it’s enough to keep me going back year after year.”

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Besides farming, Moraa has two full-time jobs. She works in an assisted living facility during the night and as a therapeutic aid for autistic individuals during the day.

“I am also a graduate student at the Southern New Hampshire University pursuing my Master’s in Public health,” she says.

Her family members including her mother Veronica Nyaigoti, father Henry Makori brother Entricus, sisters Valerie and Immaculate, and cousin Violet Guto are involved in taking care of the farm.

Her future plans?

“I would love to expand my farming venture so I can be able to have enough crops to meet the demand and be able to supply across the US and Canada. I am hoping to one day own my own farm and of course like most Kenyans in the diaspora I hope to one day be able to go back home and continue my farming. With everything I am learning and continue to learn, I think farming would be the best thing to retire to,” she noted.

Her advice to Kenyans in the US aspiring to be farmers is to first do research in their areas.

“…there are so many resources available to farmers if they take the time to look around. We have many organizations that host community farms or gardens across America for very low cost and that would be a great place for anybody and everybody to start.”

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“For those that own their own homes I would say turn your flower gardens into vegetable gardens there is nothing better than eating food that you grow yourself, especially now that one never knows what chemicals are put in the foods we eat.”

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The 5 things you need to know about H-1B work visa

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BY BOB MWITI

Those very keen on relocating to US on a work visa, or those that are already here in the US on student visa, probably know a thing or two about H1B-visa, but there is quite a very good number of people who do not know anything about this visa that could allow one to live and work here in the US if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

After I graduated from college here in the US, I was able to get a H1B visa before finally becoming a permanent resident. So when I talk about H1B visa, I talk as someone who has gone through the whole process. It can be a bumpy ride, but with determination, you should be able to get there.

So in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I give you 5 things you need to know about H1B work visa.Enjoy!.If you like my work, please subscribe to my youtube channel for more content about living and working in the United States Of America.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

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Kenyans in US fall victim to phishing attacks by Sendwave impersonators, lose thousands of dollars

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Impersonators posing as genuine employees of SendWave.com, the popular online money Transfer platform, are sending out emails to unsuspecting customers asking them to update their their account information.

 

Many Kenyans living in the United States have been targeted by the scammers.

 

Sendwave is operated by Chime Inc. and is authorized to transmit money in the US, Canada, the UK and the EU.

 

On Thursday, SendWave administrators confirmed to Kenya Satellite News Network that the emails did not emanate from them and appealed to their customers “not to update their account information as they are going to lose their money.”

 

“Those emails are not from us. Any email from Sendwave must have @sendwave as a handle. Please don’t open them,” the spokesperson said.

Irene Wanjiru Maina, an Atlanta-based Kenyan who regularly uses Sendwave to send money to her family back home said he was amazed by how credible the “fake” landing page.

 

“When you click on the link, it takes you to a landing page which looks almost identical to the genuine Sendwave landing page,” she said.

“I just hope no one has fallen victim,” she added.

 

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However, two other  customers who did not wish to disclose their identity confirmed to ksnmedia.com that they had fallen victim and their accounts had been compromised.

 

Here is how the fake landing page looks:

 

Here is the genuine Sendwave landing page:
Can you spot the difference?
Below are samples of some of the emails received by Sendwave customers:

Hi

 

This is Norman B. from Sendwave. For regulatory purposes, we’re required to verify the identity of all Sendwave users. Unfortunately, your account has not yet been verified. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, kindly click on the update your account below:

 

Update Your Account 

 

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

At Sendwave, we take the security of your account very seriously and appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

Best,

Sendwave User Protection Support Team

Hi,
We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Terms of Service for all Sendwave users. These updates reflect our ongoing commitment to documenting our procedures clearly as we work to provide you with the safest, easiest and fastest service possible. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, Kindly click on submit account verification to update your account:

Submit Account Verification   

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As always, thank you for using Sendwave!

Best Wishes,
The Sendwave Team  

Wave only allows you to transfer money via their dedicated smartphone application, available for both Apple and Android phones. Customers in the US, the UK and Canada can send money, and current receiving countries include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. Although the range of sending and receiving countries is limited, Wave are planning to introduce money transfer services to more countries as the company grows.

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Wave does not charge fees to use its money transfer services and instead makes a profit by offering a worse exchange rate than the base rate. This rate varies between being around 1.5 percent and five percent lower. This can make them more expensive than other providers for certain money transfer needs, so it’s worth comparing.

You can only send money from a debit card linked to a bank account in the US, the UK, Canada or another country approved by Wave. The mobile application can be used anywhere in the world, as long as the payment comes from a bank account approved by Wave.

You cannot use a credit card, PayPal or a direct bank transfer to fund currency exchanges. We did find a couple of references on the Wave website to sending funds to the beneficiary’s bank account, but couldn’t find further details. It looks like they mainly offer to transfer funds to the beneficiary’s mobile wallet, which would explain why the transfers are so fast.

There are limits to how much money people can send. You can initially transfer a maximum of $999/£750/€750 per day and $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per month.

These limits can be raised to $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per day and $12,000/£10,000/€10,000 per month if Wave receives proof of identity in the form of a photographic ID.

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Wave, with a website at www.wave.com (part of a business called Chime Inc.) should not be confused with Wave Money, with a website at www.wavemoney.com.mm — they are separate businesses.

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VIDEO: Ghanaian Pastor had threatened wife before shooting her dead in Florida – police

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A video clip showing what transpired before a Ghanaian-born US-based preacher allegedly short his wife dead has emerged.

This as Police in Orlando, Fl. continue  holding a 35-year-old Ghanaian pastor who is accused of fatally shooting his better half.

In the video, the pastor can be heard threatening threatening Barbara that he was going to kill her in front of her brother, who had earlier threatened to beat him up.

Sylvester Ofori was arrested at the couple’s home following the shooting incident which, according to authorities,  was captured by CCTV Cameras.

“You can tell that she is trying to get inside. Unfortunately, he shoots her outside of the establishment,” a police spokesman said.

Ofori, who is currently being held at the Orange County Jail without bond, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The couple had been going through a divorce and had been separated for about three months, a detective told reporters.

The wife, Barbara Tommey worked at the Navy Federal Credit union near mall Millenia in Orlando. A new video which has surfaced on Social media shows moments where the pastor was being beaten by the brother of murdered Barbara.

Orlando police arrested Ofori at his home after he surrendered  when the SWAT team  got to there. He is currently facing a First Degree murder charge.

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