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Street Family Members Appeal For Space To Market Their Artistic Work


A group of 15 street family members in Kisumu’s Nyalenda area is appealing to the county government to provide them with a place where they can sell their artistic products.

The street family members has been making tables from old tyres, unique wall clocks and earings made from pieces of clothes.

Secretary to the group Joram Oketch says that the group started with a small initiative of selling bangles. They then collected Ksh. 5,000 and started the work.

“We came up with a group, where  we started selling bangles and saving the profits in a joint account that is two years ago. From the savings we managed to make two tables and that’s how we started our business,” says Oketch.

Commodities and their prices

Oketch says that they make table of different sizes and they prices too vary. Wall clocks prices depend on customers’ preference.


“We make tables from old car tyres and their prices are based on the size. Medium goes for Ksh. 3,500 and large at Ksh.4,500. Wall clocks prices too vary. Those with a lot of decorations accompanied with a picture we charge Ksh.2000, normal wall clock we charge Ksh.1500,” explains Oketch.

Their Devance Ochieng, the leader of the group says that the above venture was an option to enable them afford basic needs.

Ochieng however says that lack of a designated place to sell their merchandise has hindered the success of their venture.

“We can go for almost a week without selling any products. We are appealing to the county government to get us an open space within town where we can make and sell our goods. You know we pay our current workshop yet we are unable to sell,” laments Odhiambo.

“So if we can get some space within town, we will highly appreciate,” he added.

Odhiambo has advised the street kids to get out and find what can enable them meet their daily needs.

The group usually attends training and workshops organized by different organizations within town to sharpen their skills.

“In the street, there is no life. It is just a way of survival but in case you come across something or an opportunity kindly grab it. You never know what the future holds,” he says.