Magunga Market in Suba South was commissioned yesterday, giving traders hope of operating in secure premises.
Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, who initiated the project, said the market has 60 cubes and drawers in which traders can keep their goods when they close up for the day.
She said the project was aimed at empowering women and youths economically.
“Magunga Market has potential for business activities but traders were suffering due to lack of a good environment to sell their goods,” said Ms Wanga.
“We have handed over the market to the traders. My appeal is that they utilise the facility to transform their lives.”
Magunga Business Community Chairman Walter Achango promised equal distribution of cubes to the traders.
“We want to distribute the cubes fairly to prevent chaos, which may arise if some people feel that they have been discriminated against,” he said.
Traders expressed optimism that the market will cushion them from harsh weather conditions.
“I sell fried fish which used to be destroyed whenever it rained. This market will protect me and other traders from such losses,” said Ronka Ngeso, a trader.
Opposition chief Raila Odinga's wife, Ida, who was the chief guest, urged traders to open bank accounts to enhance financial stability. “We need to do away with the culture of keeping money in the house,” she said.
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