Nairobi Engineering Graduate Working as Mama Fua, Asks for KSh 300k for Business – Tuko.co.ke

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It is an open secret that jobs are scarce in Kenya and a civil engineer who looked for a job to no avail has opted to become mama fua (woman who washes clothes for people) to earn a living.
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Patricia Merab cleared her Diploma in Building and Civil engineering course in 2019 but has not been lucky since she started tarmacking two years ago.
The mother of one also got her firstborn in September 2019, compounding an already difficult situation.
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Merab was born in Bumala, Busia county and attended Jagiet Academy in Riruta then, later on, she went to Teresa D'lima girl's secondary school.
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She learnt resilience in secondary school.
Before Merab started washing people's clothes for a living, she hawked viazi karai (fried potatoes) in her estate but she was forced to shut down the business after a short time.
She later tried selling boiled beans but this also fell through.
The engineer was at a loss until a neighbour asked her to do her laundry and paid her KSh 700 and that is how the mama fua business was born.
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Merab has been running the business for over three years and during that time, she has had strange experiences among them two clients giving her rotten fish, nyama choma and cereal which had maggots in them.
Another client also called her at 10 pm to ask if she had stolen her slippers.
In another incident, a client called her to go wash his big tanks and this made the mama fua arm herself to the teeth only to realise that it was a fish tank.
After washing clothes for people for some time, Merab decided to go big and start a commercial laundry company that will also do full house cleaning and corporate cleaning services.
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The mother of one is also working on a blog that she also hopes will monetise and add to her kitty.
Merab will use the money to buy vacuum cleaners, washing machines, pressure pumps and so on. She is also looking to have an app or a website where people in need of her services can book online.
Apparently, Merab has laid down plans to get money to scale her business but in the meantime, she is also asking Kenyans to help raise some of the money.
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Additionally, she would like Kenyans in that line of business to mentor her.
While undertaking their chores, mama fuas have to contend with poor pay and sexual harassment. The engineer now would also like to form a body that takes care of the interests of such women.
The engineer has a parting shot for youth who are graduating and wants them to know it is not easy out here.
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She also decried that the entry salary for engineers is very paltry and yet they have to supervise labourers who earn more than them and end up laughing at their superiors in the end.
You can reach her on 0776 897320.
In a separate story, a university graduate who studied Painting and Sculpture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology opened up on becoming a bouncer to make ends meet.
Despite his academic background, Odiko Shivahe works at a nightclub in Accra.
The 25-year-old graduate aspires to serve the nation in the Ghana Armed Forces.

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