How To Survive In Nairobi When You Are Broke and Jobless

You all know that Nairobi is a city where you will have no friend when you are jobless or unemployed.  Let’s face it, whatever the circumstances that led to your unemployment you still need to pay bills.  Where do you even start? How do you cope?

Today we have listed some of the jobs that you can do to pay bills in this city under the sun;

1. Mjengo

Even if you are a graduate, when you are jobless in Nairobi and broke your stomach doesn’t know what is a degree. Just visit any construction site and ask for a mjengo job. I know graduates are choosy, but for those who wish to learn one or two things, it’s wise to work in a mjengo than to demand money from relatives every day.

2. Start washing clothes for people in neighbouring estates 

If you are a lady and you are desperate for a job, please don’t wait to die just because you cannot get a good job to do. Start your own company where neighbours who have dirty clothes and offer to wash for them. Then look for those women who need the job and ask them to do the donkey work as you share the money. You can make a lot of money from this business because most women in Nairobi don’t wash their clothes; they either take them to the laundry or pay people to wash for them.

3.Academic research writing
This is a common job for graduates who have not gotten a chance to work in any company. These jobs are everywhere and getting them is pretty easy. Identify one local company that offers the service and no one would deny a chance to showcase your skills and earn some cash.

4.  Carry luggage in a matatu stage
It may sound awkward but if you are desperate, don’t choose work, after all, you want money. Go to a nearby stage and carry luggage to whoever needs assistance for some cash. In a day, you won’t go hungry.

5.  Product Promotion 

Many brands prefer ladies when it comes to promoting their products. This is also an opportunity that should be utilized. In most of the promotions that I have seen brands work with ladies, they are paid like ksh 3,000 per day which is not that bad.