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Small businesses in Old town making a kill

[Women doing business in Old town area, Mombasa. Photo/Haramo Ali].

The recently facilitated small scale businesses in Old town, Mombasa are doing well according to Mombasa county Trade, tourism and investments Chief officer Asha Abdi.

The make shifts fresh vegetables, fish, and fruit markets have proved to be effective in enabling locals conduct business and get profit.

The small markets located at Tijara, Pigot place and Kilifi Mswalani within Old town area have been providing closer markets to Kibokoni dwellers  close to a month now since cessation of movement was imposed to old town residents by President Uhuru Kenyatta in May.

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho through the Department of Trade and that of Health opened the makeshift markets to enhance business in the area.

According to Abdi, locals have been fully involved in business activities so that apart from bringing closer basic food requirements to locals they also earn profit.


“However those engaging in small businesses in the area should observe health regulations to avoid spreading Coronavirus,” she noted.

She also said the department is working closely with other humanitarian organisations to ensure there is proper waste management in the area.

“The initiative has fully involved the area youth so that they also engage in small businesses and earn a living,” said Abdi.

Some of the youth are using carts to sell vegetables, fruits and other food stuffs to Old town residents.

The county also engaged other stakeholders among them the Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch and human rights lobby Haki Africa to execute the basic and humanitarian services in the area.