Jobless Masters student takes to hawking in Muthurwa to make a living

Jobless Masters student takes to hawking in Muthurwa to make a living

A Kenyatta University Masters student has been forced to take to the streets to hawk wares in a bid to survive Nairobi’s jobless jungle.

Joseph Jonge, who is currently pursuing a Masters in Biostatistics, will be graduating later in July 2020, in the hope that he will finally lands a job.

And even then, with a swelling sea of graduates still grappling with joblessness, armed with a masters degree, Jonge is almost sure that finding a job will still be a trip down a rabbit hole.

Jonge graduated from the University of Eldoret with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was sure he would land a job shortly after.

He was however not prepared for the stark reality of a Kenyan job seeker.

“It is not like I have not been looking for a job for quite sometime, it is not that I like being a hawker but I have to survive,” he said on Citizen TV’s Monday report show.

Jonge says he has applied for countless jobs to no avail.

“I have applied for jobs and they tell me to check in later, they never call back, it is very frustrating.”

Before he ended on the wrong side of town, Jonge was working at secondhand cookery shop in Githurai.

His dream of making a killing in the thriving second-hands market was dimmed after the government restricted second hand goods.

He is currently hawking clothes in Muthurwa which barely meets his needs and hopes to find the proverbial light at the end of his otherwise dark tunnel.

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