The male househelp who set off to be his own boss

GEOFFREY OTUKU MATANO, 29

I have been engaged in hawking of eggs and groundnuts for the last six months.

Previously, I was subsisting on odd jobs that came along and had worked as a house help and a farm hand.

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The inconsistency of a steady income as I was shunting from place to place looking for casual work made me try my hand in something else.

Being own boss pays, but to know the value of that shilling I have to be on the ground walking up and down looking for customers.

My day begins from the afternoon with exception of some like public holidays.

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There are few challenges like competition, being seen as a menace in some places like social ones and turned away and also complaints that an egg at Sh20 is a bit expensive as there is a glut in the market of the produce.

Factoring the cost of spices like tomatoes and onions, with charcoal thrown in that goes into preparing them; it would not make business sense selling at a lower price.

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The combined income from both eggs and groundnuts, after the costs are factored, is Sh700 on a good day and from Sh250 on a slow one.

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