In 2020 business owners and traders in Eastleigh suffered a major blow when the government locked down the estate for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, things are looking good for businesses in this estate regarded as an economic hub at the heart of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The lockdown in Eastleigh affected major businesses like hotels and markets which left many traders and business owners making millions in losses.
Many traders accused the government of ill motive for the lockdown and grudgingly accepted it.
This past week, Eastleigh News had a tour of several businesses in the area and noticed joy among traders businesses begin to pick up.
Mohamed Osman, a textile trader said he has two more employees at his shop as numbers of customers visiting and buying goods has increased this year.
”I’m so happy things are getting better I pray we don’t face the challenges we did last year”, Osman said.
Imran a hotel worker said many eateries in the estate are picking up and the number youths getting jobs has increased, which is a good sign as last year many workers were laid off due to the pandemic.
Mama Hasna, business owner in Eastleigh said her profits have increased this year compared to last year.
”Now I’m making profits something that I did not do in 2020, I thank Allah for his grace, we really suffered due to this corona and the lockdowns,” Mama Hasna said with a smile.
The residents felt hope for good times ahead when major companies like KFC and Family Bank opened branches in Eastleigh, which is a huge boost for the economy of the area.