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Farming and mechanical works is what butters my bread

By Paul Kariuki | September 16th 2019
Antony Mukuru Waweru, 40

I was employed in the informal sector as a welder and metal fabricator for five years, and shifted from one employer to another over this period.

The skills I learnt, mainly through apprenticeship, made me feel the need to change jobs.

I enrolled in a driving school with the aim of getting a job in heavy commercial haulage. However, this dream didn't materialise.

The experience of working for others wasn't something I wanted to go through again, so I decided to become my own employer and started repairing bicycles.

I set up my business with Sh300, which mainly went towards buying tools.

However, the growth in the boda boda business meant I had to increase my skillset so I could remain relevant in a changing environment.

I’ve been doing mechanical repair works for 15 years now, but on the side I farm to increase my earnings.

I grow a variety of vegetables, plus rear livestock like pigs, rabbits, sheep and poultry. Vegetables are what sell fast, especially in the evenings as they form key ingredients of evening meals.

I sell my rabbits every two weeks, eggs on a weekly basis, and the pigs and sheep on a gradual scale.

However, the bulk of my income comes from my repairs business.

It's very competitive as there are many people who do what I do.

My main challenge is dealing with county council officials who frequently confiscate my trade tools.

In a good day, I'll make Sh1,000. When business is slow, the least I take home is Sh300.

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