When Kennedy Maina left for South Sudan, he had high hopes of a bright future as a businessman. For two years he succeeded at achieving his dream and then the civil unrest of December 2013 unfolded and changed everything. He tells WANGARI MWANGI of his traumatic experience.
Literally everything sells in South Sudan. Since its independence in 2011, there had been an invasion of Kenyan and other neighbouring African countries entrepreneurs setting up all kinds of businesses in this oil rich country. The nation has a high business potential, and this was not lost to Kennedy Maina, 23, who left for South Sudan Kenya in December 2011. He was armed with merchandise of T-shirts, sunglasses and women’s shoes, and in his pocket Ksh 30,000 for his upkeep. He spent the first three months in the country at the Juba customs offices before moving to Rock City in Juba, where he rented a house and shop.… Subscribe to read more
Published on April 2014