Kenyans Operate Car Boot Markets to Survive COVID-19 Economic Impact

Kenyans Operate Car Boot Markets to Survive COVID-19 Economic Impact

Kenyans are now operating roadside flea markets from their cars as the economy struggles.

In show of resilience, Kenya's bourgeois have devised smart and creative ways of surviving COVID-19 economic impact.

Vehicles with agricultural produce park along roads in Nairobi.

As one resident noted, "I bought eggs from a BMW, onions from a Mercedes and milk from a Prado."

The car boot market is the new way to sell products, primarily because of its convenience as well as foregoing rented spaces. 

It's becoming the norm as such car boot sales are now in all estates. 

Digital cab drivers have also turned to the business due to lack of customers. 

Young college graduates assisting their mothers in selling various house hold essentials is also a common sight. 

The coronavirus situation has affected both employers and employees.

As employers make certain adjustments to manage costs, their revenue streams are no longer assured.

This has resulted in massive pay cuts and exposed to vulnerabilities as many Kenyans continue losing jobs as a result of COVID-19.

The pandemic and subsequent containment measures however, seem to have affected some social groups more than others.

A just-released report indicates 97 per cent of slum dwellers have lost all, or most of their income. 

If the recent times are anything to go by, it is becoming increasingly important to think up fresh ways of reducing our dependence on regular employment. 

All said, car boot sales are a clear indication that there is life even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So, let's keep hope alive and share with those hard-hit.

This is Kenya. The most beautiful country in the world. 



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