Newly self-employed farmer Enock Musembe with some of his livestock. Photo: Justus Wanzala

It is a hive of activity on Enock Musembe’s farm, which is part of his homestead on the outskirts of Busia town in western Kenya. Immersed in his chores, Musembe appears unbothered by the deafening cacophony of noise from the various domestic animals – pigs, cows, poultry, and goats - on the farm. He tells Africa in Fact that he’s “busy from dawn to dusk”. This, however, was not the situation just over a year and a half ago. Musembe was then based in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, where he worked in a hotel, until his sojourn in the city was interrupted by the advent of COVID-19. Measures put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic had a huge negative effect on jobs, especially in the hospitality industry, and like elsewhere on the continent, Kenya witnessed massive job losses.“I worked in a hotel for four years," he says.

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Justus Wanzala is a Kenyan journalist who writes on the environment, climate
change, agriculture and practical technologies as well as sustainable development and social issues. Currently, he works for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and as a freelancer/contributor for various publications across the globe.