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Jina langu ni Harith Salim

 

Your name and what do you do?

My Name is Harith Salim; I am a Journalist. I have been working for Nation Media Group for over a decade now, but I was elsewhere before.

 How did you become a Swahili news anchor?

Being a news anchor was by Grace of God. Personally, I had totally different plans for this life of mine but after all God is always Right! Secondly, I think the love of Kiswahili which is easily my first language contributed as well. So when I was called upon, I said, Why not? I had the courage and confidence of the language as instilled by my late parents. (May Allah Forgive their Sins and Make their souls rest in peace)

What were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Life itself is a challenge, but the real challenge was lacking an opportunity to prove myself in this field. There has been a misconception of not believing in people you don’t know, which I think is pulling us behind. SO if you are denied an opportunity, do not sit back press on and one day things will look up!

What is a typical day for you?

Days have become so mechanical, that’s the disadvantage of employment. Doing the same thing over and over again. So basically, I report to work at around 8, have an editorial meeting, prepare for the daily shows, and edit news scripts then finally presenting the news to the general public. And my day is made!

 You grew up in Mombasa, if you had the resources the youth have today would your life have been different?

Our days were much different from what it is right now, you really had to struggle to get what you really wanted. It was like getting everything the hard way. Growing up in Mombasa, you had to work extra hard to prove that you can do it regardless of the situation and if we had resources that are available now, I think things would have been different.

What tools of today can the youth use to create employment for themselves?

For the youth, seek knowledge to become a job creator not a job seeker, so for those aspiring to make sense out of their lives, try out new things. Start your own business, for journalists for instance, save some amount to buy a camera, shoot your own stories and script then sell your ideas to media houses. If you a writer look for and write interesting human interest stories and features and sell your ideas to magazines and other publishing companies. You can as well start your own blog, Blogs that make sense not otherwise. That is how people start earning by making use of their talents and skills, don’t wait to be employed. Make a difference, be unique and instead of looking for jobs in companies, the companies will be looking for you

What are some common myths about the journalism profession?

Journalism is considered the easiest job one can do but believe me it’s not. For instance, TV can give you the best platform to make a fool of yourself, so it requires a lot to be a journalist. Journalism is a field that requires 100% commitment. It’s a well of knowledge and ideas unlike other professions.

How has the popularity of the Internet affected your profession?

The internet has given the ‘perceived’ platform for everyone to be a journalist. So news both genuine and fake spread so fast. So many people consume more information from the internet through social media platforms. Although there is a danger of consuming fake information. On the other hand, the internet helps a lot in getting information instantly and it has made live events the order of the day without delays that we used to experience before. Also information is got and disseminated while still fresh. As you know, news just like vegetables is perishable.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I guess I don’t have the power to answer that. Only God Knows. But if wishes were horses then I would wish for so many things that won’t fit the space.

 Parting shot  

Parting shot will always come from what I love doing the most. Akiba ya Maneno…. Tatizo sio tatizo, ila tatizo ni mtazamo wako kuhusu tatizo. Basically, for the youth of my beloved town of Mombasa, just know that the impossible is the untried.

Mombasa Sightseeing Bus

Mombasa is a great tourist destination, there is great amount of attractions for tourists to visit during their stay in Mombasa.  The attraction is part of the Mombasa experience, including the historic old town, the Fort Jesus, the tusks and as far as Haller park. Each experience lets the tourist have a glimpse of what the life in Mombasa is. A holiday should not only be about the beach but also sightseeing, seeing the other side of Mombasa.

The Mombasa Sightseeing bus which was inaugurated on Tuesday 9th October 2018 will be a great tool to the tourism industry by providing a way to let tourist see Mombasa in a different way by giving them an experience. By going on a tour on the double decker open roof top bus, tourists will be able to see the city and also visit the attractions with a big group. The knowledgeable tour guides on the bus will be a great asset for tourists to know about Mombasa and also have a chance to ask the different questions.

The tour highlights will include, the elephant tusks, the ferry, Fort Jesus, Haller Park, and Commonwealth war graves. The service will be twice a day, the first tour at 9am and the second tour at 2pm. Each tour taking approximately 4 hours. The bus has the capacity of 64 passengers, the tour begins at Nyali and proceeds to the island including Old town and Mama Ngina and other attractions.  The price is 3000 Kenya shilling for East African residents and 35 USD for Non-East African residents. Customized tours and discounted prices are offered to corporate companies for group tours and etc.  The bus is offered by PROUL Limited, PROUL limited is a duly registered limited liability company under the laws of Kenya.

The bus was officially launched CECM Fawz Rashid (Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment) in collaboration with different tourism stakeholders, including KCTA, KATO and KAHC. The inauguration was also followed by a maiden trip around Mombasa island with a tour guide giving information about Mombasa.

For reservation and booking of the Mombasa sightseeing bus call +254 753 503 020 or +254 736 926 010

Or Email: info@mombasasightseeing.com

They are located at:

2nd Floor, Amal Plaza, Links Road, Nyali – off Old Malindi Road. P. O. Box 80320 (80100), G. P. O Mombasa – Kenya.

Sights from the Launch:


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Mombasa women owned home-based food business

Gone are the day people look for jobs to sustain themselves, everyday you will find people inventing themselves to create an income to sustain themselves and families. A lot of start-ups are sprucing up in different cities to fill a gap that has emerged, or a solution to a problem. In recent months in Mombasa, women have emerged in being entrepreneurs and helping provide for their families. In addition many have come up with home based food business, which helps many who have no time to cook meals, snacks etc. It is cheaper and economical. Below are a few Businesses that were interviewed about their business.

Salma Sumar

Name of Business

Let me start by introducing myself, to anyone who doesn’t know me out there yet! My Name is Salma Munir Sumar. I am the founder and managing director of Sumar.Rasoi, a home-based catering business here in Mombasa.

What’s your speciality?

We specialize in both Indian and the Arab-Swahili cuisine. Our Signature Meals, consisting of the freshest ingredients with  the most authentic tastes is served  to individuals, Parties and corporate. In Simpler words we are here to serve and satisfy your tastebuds and cravings with exciting hot yet yummy chillies, spices and all the scrumptious food from our kitchen.

Why did you start this business?

I can actually say, I have inherited this from my mom. She has been in this business since 2002 and I just took over in 2016. It’s just a continuation of what she has been doing. It was then called Munir’s Kitchen (Munir is my dad) and when i took over i had to rebrand it to Sumar Rasoi (Sumar is our Family Name while Rasoi is an Indian word for Kitchen) alhamdillah I have grown watching my mom do all the catering techniques and all, hence here i am right now.

Any challenges that you have encountered? 

You know running a catering business may sound like a fun way to showcase your culinary skills, but the job comes with quite a few headaches. Anyone out there who wants to embark on a culinary career, make sure you’re ready for the challenges. Your business is only as good as the newest satisfied customers that you can add to your client list, and you’ll need to be ready to persevere through setbacks and stress. I have gone through quite some challenges; one was when I was rebranding Sumar Rasoi I had to handle the marketing side of the business solely, like I had to advertise my services to find new customers’ also had to deal with stress at some point. People don’t know this but catering is a high-stress job with demanding clients. Each client is king they said and so i have to be ready to take criticism and keep a professional attitude even if someone is chewing me out for doing something wrong. Just be ready for the unexpected disasters. Another challenge involves long hours of working on my feet. I have to be flexible and able to work successfully. Sometimes I have to put in more time and work into the wee hours of the morning or late night in order to get everything done for my clients.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?

Now that’s a mission, right? Frankly speaking, whenever I go to the supermarket, I really admire the spices section. Like Natures Own, Tropical Heat, Orleys and all those Big brands. My wish is that one fine day my Brand will be among them in the shelves of our supermarkets. I want Sumar Rasoi to be  recognized as a leading distinctive brand of fresh homemade chillies ,pickles,sauces,pastes,all the snacks and savories offered to our lovely customers at the most reasonable, affordable price. For a healthier refreshing, delicious and totally satisfying meal.

Jamila Asgarali

Name of Business

The name of my business is Jamila’s Cakes.

You can find me on instagram under the name jamilas_cakes and on Facebook as Jamila’s Cakes.

What’s your Specialty?

My speciality is making baked goods for all ocassions.

Various types of cakes such as black forest and whiteforest. My most popular cakes are my forest cakes and whipped cream cakes.

I also make doughnuts, swissrolls and different types of desserts such as chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse, fruit cocktail trifle and so much more.

Why did you start this business?

I initially started as a hobby baker. But as my interest grew I went ahead and did a course on the bakery fundamentals in Pune, India.

I learnt so much whilst over there and became better with my work which i can now sale proudly.

Customers are the biggest motivators and their positive feedbacks keep me going every day.

Any Challenges that you have encountered?

Initially, I did not have enough baking appliances but now i can say i have got almost everything I need.

Another challenge may be the power failure but it is manageable because apart from the oven, there are other ways to bake a cake such as the traditional “mawe tatu” method.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?

I see myself starting wedding cakes and opening a bakery in order to make it commercial.

Also I would like to start other confectionary items such as bread making.

Maimuna Yusuf

Name of Business

Almanar food delivery and catering services

What is your specialty?

I deal with daily delivery of meals to homes, offices and schools free of charge. I also do events catering within coast region.

Why did you start this business?

I love to savor a good meal; i like to experiment with different ingredients, techniques and types of cuisine in my own kitchen. I love to cook for friends and family and see the enjoyment in their faces as they enjoy the meals.

I love being free- In catering, it doesn’t matter how long the preparation takes, as long as it’s finished. It could mean longer hours, but could also mean shorter hours. In starting a catering business, i became my own boss, able to do the work and then relax, or attend to the events and work even harder

Any challenges which you have encountered?

One of the major challenges is the logistical complexity, which consumes huge amount of capital and time to solve it.

Time equals money in any business and to be honest; managing the field workforce in this competitive environment can be complicated. It is difficult to keep track of each and every delivery boy which in turn results in inefficiency and late deliveries.

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

In 5 years to come, I’m expecting to have my own mobile app for food ordering and delivery. As the technology is evolving, I should expect to be even able to track the delivery boy to combat the efficiency issue.

Getrude Mahenzo

Name of Business

My business is named Mahenzo dishes; mahenzo is a mijikenda name meaning love.

 What is your Specialty?

I specialize in coastal dishes and snack e.g. viazi karai, bhajia samosas, pilau maharagwe ya nazi and etc.

Why did you start this business?

I am a graduate with a degree in Bsc Agriculture-Economic; I graduated in the year 2014. I haven’t been able to secure a stable job so in the meantime I thought why not start my very own small business, plus coastal foods have a very unique taste and its very marketable in Nairobi.

Any Challenges that you have encountered?

I do everything by myself; at times I sleep very late especially when I have a very large order. I also do office delivery, meaning I cater for the transportation cost plus at times the food is very bulky to transport but I have to carry it myself coz at the moment I use public means as I don’t own my very own car. Sometimes I go days without customers since I do it from home so I decided to only cook when people order, most of the time I advertise my business via Facebook and whatsapp, when a substantial number of people make order then I cook and offer free delivery if the number isn’t economical I kindly explain to them and offer to cook another day.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?  

God’s willing in 5 years to come I hope that I will have my very own hotel, one that’s specializes only in coastal dishes and I hope it’ll be my main source of income.

Phidilliah Njoya

Name of Business

Phidy’s cuisines

What is your specialty?

I deal with Swahili snacks &food, cakes, breads, juices.

Why did you start this business?

My motivation is having a plate of food and seeing a smile in ones face as a result of a good plate of food.

Any challenges which you have encountered?

I have encountered many challenges in starting out which result in me procrastinating my journey as a foodie .Many took me for granted, some say you are family so as not to charge, other even wanted to make good profits through me cooking in the catering business.

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

5 yearrs from now I see myself owning a shop where I can offer everything in one space.

Maliha Islam

Name of Business

Pwani flava cuisines

What is your specialty?

I provide catering services for small cooperate business to large weddings. I also teach kids ages 8yrs and adults cooking, plating and knife skills in my cooking class

Why did you start this business?

I started the business because I wanted to share my knowledge and passion of cooking to those who want to learn, open up their small food kiosk, brush up their skills or my favourite learn new recipes to impress their loved ones back at their homes!

Any challenges which you have encountered?

The challenges I have are :

Financially: this is because some students pay 3/4 of the initial fees and after the classes are over, they disappear!

Lateness: some students usually come an hour late or don’t show up at all , without notifying me few hours in advance! Best reason” I overslept! ”

Long nails: it hinders anyone to knead or slice!

Most won’t remove those press on nails!

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

In 5years time, my dream is to provide a school where anyone with no degree /certificate can just come and learn to cook, teach all about start-ups catering services and for me to nurture their talents and open up their creativity! This is one of my goals to achieve.

Mombasa Best Street Snacks

Every city has its favourite street snacks, most of them reflecting on the culture and people. Being able to walk around and savoring different kind of street snacks is one of the highlights in attracting tourism, in Mombasa we have different kind of street food that is a must when visiting Mombasa. It is the everyday snacks loved by everyone; some of the snacks are a result of different infusions of cultures.  The street foods are reasonable and fulfilling, you will find the vendors at different streets.  There 6 snacks you absolutely cannot miss when you visit Mombasa:

Viazi via Karai & Bhajiya

When you walk in the alleys of old town you will find Swahili women selling Viazi karai and Bhajiya. The mouth watering boiled potatoes cooked in garam flour and deep fried is loved by many. Accompanied with chutney or tamaraind sauce makes it an ideal late afternoon snack. Bhajiya, which is made from black eye peas grinded and deep fried in to small balls, is also a favourite.  The combination is ideal for a quick street snack, but some hotels sell it for breakfast. At around 50 shillings you can get a whole plate.

Kachiri/Muhogo

Mama Ngina drive is one of the popular destinations in Mombasa, many Mombasa residents flock the area over the weekend to relax and savor some coconut water (Madafu) and cassava snacks. Deep fried cassava with red chili pepper and lime on top makes it a delicious snack while enjoying the sea breeze. You can have cassava crisps in a bag to share with friends and family. Prices start as low as 20 shillings depending on the snack and quantity.

Babu Kachiri

Babu Kachri is a very popular street food in Mombasa. It consists of a thick tangy potato gravy, sprinkled with crushed potato crisps and khara sev (a fried crispy snack made from chickpea flour and spices) and topped with a spicy chutney. It is loved by all ages, from children to adults. The mix is unique because it is a blend of different culture cuisine into one.  From Arab influence to Indian inspired snacks. It portrays what Mombasa is, the fusion of cultures. The price goes from thirty shillings per bag or forty shillings. You find the vendors across various streets in Mombasa, they usually operate from a cart.  They normally start selling after 4pm till 6:30pm.

Mahamri and Mbaazi

It’s not a Swahili breakfast without Mbaazi and Mahamri (Mahambri), if you have lived in coast you know this is true. A true coastal tradition passed on generation by generation, and still going on up to date. Mbaazi is made of pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk, while Mahamri (Mahambri) is a Swahili delicacy eaten with other meals to compliment the taste. It’s fascinating that in Mombasa, this is a very common around town. You will find food vendors around different areas selling the combo at a reasonable price. A cup of Mbaazi goes from 30 kshs to 50kshs, while a Mahamri (Mahambri) goes for 5 kshs a piece. People on their way to work will stop over these vendors and devour in a coastal breakfast leaving them full for the rest of the day.

MIshkaki

Mishkaki is a East African meat delicacy, mostly served in the evening.  It is made of beef or chicken cubes, skewered on sticks and grilled over charcoal.  Sold by sticks, and accompanied by tamarind sauce and salad. You will find the vendors on various streets around Mombasa, you can either do take away or seat on the chairs and savor in the grilled snack. Some restaurant/ vendors offer with chips, naan bread or chapati. The delicious tender meat is ideal after a long day and share with family and friends.  Prices go from 15 shillings to 30 shillings a stick.

Mabuyu & Achari

Mabuyu is a coastal snack enjoyed by the young and old.  Cooked in sugar syrup the baobab seeds are then added colour to give it a zest. Mostly enjoyed while watching movies or hanging out with friends. Mabuyu has even been exported to other countries by coastarian to bring home closer to them.  The colours range from red to even green can be found sold around Mackinon Market and environs or even at individual homes. Achari is mango cut into pieces and dried to make it easier to eat, sometimes sugar is added to make it sweeter. You will find others with added colour , which is mostly red.  Normally sold in sachets the price range for kshs 5 – kshs 20.

Jina langu ni Johra Al Nahdy

 

Your Name and what do you do?

Johra Amer Al Nahdy. I am the Founder and Director at Cake Emporium college of confectionery Arts in Mombasa.

Tell us about Cake Emporium?

Cake emporium college of confectionery arts is a state of art institute providing world class education driven by passion, leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation in the baking industry to empower a generation of confectionery and cake artists. Our institute has really shifted the common notion that baking is a mere formality. We have invested heavily towards discovering creativity in the industry offering value to our students beyond their expectations. We offer a broad range of baking courses, training, mentorship, skill transfer and consultancy.

How did you get into the baking and confectionery arts industry?

I have always been passionate about pastry and sugar Art, I enjoy the creative process so much that FROM A YOUNG AGE I have always found myself indulging in baking and experimenting with all sorts of recipes and techniques, this pushed me to join pastry school while living in Canada to allow me to explore my curiosity and hobby and eventually I felt  I should take my tempting creations to Mombasa and share my knowledge with others. More to the same I am also very keen on girl child empowerment and I its obvious we can’t all be doctors and lawyers and hence there is a need for exploring the arts, the confectionery arts industry is young and virgin in Mombasa and Kenya as a whole but has immense potential and that’s why I chose to venture into the same.

What was the greatest challenge you faced while starting Cake Emporium in Mombasa?

The main challenge that I am facing is inadequate awareness about the nature of  confectionery arts industry.Many people still think going to school to learn baking isn’t something that should be undertaken, in addition the industry has received much professional and technical support its considered mostly a hobby. Another challenge, from the customers perspective, is pricing and cost of cakes, people expect us to price our products as home bakers forgetting our dynamics are different and what we offer is different as well, market awareness and response to the industry is also a huge challenge.

What has surprised you about business ownership?

It takes much more than passion and every day is a whole new lesson, How much administrative work there is and how big the little things can become.

Are there enough resources for Women entrepreneurs in Mombasa?

There is potential but we haven’t explored and exhausted everything we have, I feel like the Mombasa woman is yet to get out and take the business world by storm, while there is a good number who are trying there is still a very huge number that is barred by one thing or another from venturing into business, another big challenge I find in Mombasa is people conform a lot, women need to learn that one can do anything and everything their put their mind to it, it takes believing in yourself and trying…one step at a time and before you know it you are flying.

You baked Ali Kiba’s wedding Cake, did you have any challenges preparing and delivering the cake and how did you overcome them?

There was so much expectation and I kept wondering what if I don’t meet all these expectation, also given the wedding would be aired on live TV all the way in Tanzania I felt I had taken the responsibility of representing Kenya in the East African Market and I had to make sure whatever I delivered represented who we are both as a country and as an individual…I put in my best, paid attention to detail and most of all prayed (I am firm believer in prayers) in addition I have an excellent team that is very cooperative and skiled, this as well helped to put together the cake and I believe we did a good job.

You do a lot of Marketing, from your experience what type of marketing works effectively in Mombasa?

I feel the Mombasa market isn’t mature yet in terms of exposure especially for the confectionery arts industry, we push a lot content on social media and radio. Radio is a good reach for Mombasa audience because a lot of people follow what is happening on Radio. Social media is also the most effective and cost friendly alternative to advertise.  Social media influencers such as vloggers, bloggers can really help in publicizing content.

Where do you see Cake Emporium ten years from now?

Cake Emporium is going to be big and we will change the game, take that to the bank. I see Cake Emporium at the helm of a global brand that originated out of Kenya, which is not a common occurrence! I am working on launching the Kenya Cake Artists Network which will be an association/network for all Kenyan cake decorators/artists to learn, grow and also promote their skills and talents to Africa and the world. It will also exist to set high standards of excellence in the Kenyan cake industry, there will be branches of our school opening in other parts of the country as well, lets just say 2018 has been our stating point but inshaa Allah we are going places.

Parting Shot

When starting a business research your market and target audience thoroughly before investing significant funds into any business. Get inside the mind of your target customers. Discover their problems, then conjure up solutions and think how to monetize those solutions. Lastly, be passionate about what you do. You will need it to help you get through the long days, sleepless nights and more.

 

 

Twaweza Live Medical Camp

Mombasa has a population of over 1.4 million according to recent census, with different kinds of people living in Mombasa.  Mombasa County includes the main Island and other connecting sub areas such a Likoni from the South Side and Nyali/Bamburi/Shanzu from the North side.  The multi-cultural people also categories in different economic status, which include the rich, middle class and lower class. Majority living below the poverty line, who can’t afford basic needs.

On the 27th July Safaricom (Twaweza Live) held a medical camp through the Safaricom Foundation, Safaricom Foundation invested in six community projects selected in different regions over the seven-month period, and conduct free medical camps in partnership with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre and M-TIBA. The Initiative was to give back to Mombasa County more specific to the less privilege areas. The medical camp was held in Shanzu Mwembeni Bush area. The full day camp organized and conducted by Safaricom and Mombasa County registered over 2500 people.

The medical camp offered free optical, dental, diabetes and hypertension checks, also VCT, prostate and family check. A nutritionist was also present to give healthy eating options to the residents. The attendees were first registered, and then they proceed to check their weight and height. After that they proceeded to the various tests that they need, where some did all tests.  All results were given in real time, with serious cases referred to the suitable health facility. The event was also graced by Coast Artist Susumila, and from Naironi King Kaka, Mercy Masika and Njugush. The artists interacted with the attendees, and also took various test at the camp.

Many Mombasa residents suffer from different medical conditions most of them are not aware of their conditions due to lack of funds to do the test. This initiative assisted many residents in getting diagnosed and assisted in getting the right treatment for their medical issues. Life in Mombasa had the privilege of attending the event and interacting with the attendees, below are photos from the Medical Camp.


The Hijabee Nation High Tea

The first ever Muslim women High tea was held in Mombasa on 27th July, different muslim women from Mombasa attended the high tea at Travellers Beach Hotel.  The event hosted by Hijabee Nation, an initiative by Najma Mohamed and Sophie Ismail. The objective of the event is to bring together women from different walks of life to network but more or so to have a space to talk about issues that are affecting them.  Topics included:  life balance, staying positive, dealing with grieve and how to cope with every day struggles.

The event started at 5:30 with a word of prayer by Ustadha Hafswa and welcoming remarks by host Najma and Sophie.  Latifa Mbarak gave presentation on being true to yourself, and then Waffia Hamid and Nana Ali both psychologist gave a small talk on understanding your mind.  Zaynab Abdallah gave a chilling experience of how she dealt with loss of her husband and how she had to cope with it.  The last talk was with Ustadha Hafswa on strengthening your relationship with Allah. The forum ended with Q & A session and closing remarks from Najma and sophie.  People then proceeded to have tea and scrumptious cakes and snacks and a networking session with different attendees.

Most women who attended were grateful for the event because they had a space to talk about issues with fellow women and find suitable solutions to everyday life problems.  Najma  hopes that the future events will help many women open up and create a supportive system for Muslim women in Mombasa, her goals is  “To create a platform for Muslim women to connect, share experiences/challenges and find solutions together. It should be our support system, an event we look forward to for empowerment support and just offload.”

For future events follow on

Instagram:  Hijabee Nation 

Facebook:  Hjabee Nation

Sights from the High Tea:


30 Days of Nawal : Ramadhan Shopping at Nawal Centre

One of the most iconic shopping plaza in Mombasa is Nawal centre, located in Mwembe Tayari makes it the most tallest building in the area.  Opened in 2001, it has become the one stop shop for all household items.  Many people from around Mombasa visit Nawal Centre to furnish their homes and offices, with the convenience of location it makes it ideal.  The prices are also affordable without compromising quality. Today,

Nawal Centre has 7 floors, each floor dedicated to a specific category. There is wide range of products from Bath accessories, Stationery, Cosmetics, Materials and ladies accessories, Mommy & Baby store, Household items, Electronics, Curtains & Upholstery and Furniture. They bring products each month, making it easy to find variety of Products each visit.  Apart from the shopping, Nawal Centre has employed many youths in the community.  By creating job opportunities, they build the community and create economic empowerment. In addition, they take youths from local colleges on work placement who then stay on with permanent positions.

This Ramadhan, Nawal Centre has new campaign – “30 days of Nawal”.  The campaign is to allow people outside Mombasa to benefit from the deals at Nawal Center.  Each day, a deal is posted on the social media channels to allow buyers to order, purchase and be delivered to them. Online shoppers can order through the social media or the WhatsApp number.  So far the deals have included, Revolving cake stand, Bathroom set, Blender, Fruit Juicer, Pizza Maker and Deep Fryer. All items are selected based on the needs and demands of the shoppers.  In addition, to cater to the Eid shoppers Nawal center will be opening at night throughout the last 10 days of Ramadhan. Shoppers will be able to shop at the convenience time after breaking their fast.

Nawal Centre has helped the community; it is an iconic place to shop for most Mombasa residents. Shoppers find deals every day, but to appreciate loyal customers and all shoppers the Ramadhan offer is a great way to show it. For all the deals stop by Nawal Center and show us your purchase- tag @lifeinMombasa and @nawalcentre on Instagram.