Small scale traders at Daraja Mbili Market in Kisii county have decried low business despite the lifting of nationwide curfew last month.
Speaking to KNA in Kisii town, Delphine Moinge who sells tomatoes at the market, said her was struggling to get customers since the curfew was lifted.
“During the curfew, we used to sell in a hurry and customers would come in large numbers, but now the situation is different and we compete to sell to fewer buyers,” said Moinge.
She noted that due to congestion of the stalls, they are unable to access most of the customers as compared to doing business in the open-air market.
Moinge, however, lauded the county government for the facelift of Daraja Mbili Market saying before the modern market was built, they would be rained on and their tomatoes would rot as a result of selling their produce in the scorching sun.
Eucabeth Kemunto, a cabbage vendor, noted that during curfew there was a shortage of vegetables and her business was thriving but now, the vegetables are readily available thus making it hard to operate under the competitive environment.
“As cabbage traders, we cannot operate inside the modern market center since cabbage has a lot of dirt and shipping it to the center is expensive. Also, there is a low turnout of customers,” said Kemunto.
Last week, the national government through the State Department of Housing and Urban Development pledged to support the Kisii county government with the necessary resources to build canopies and pave paths in the market in order to create a conducive working place for traders.