Kapsowar traders lament lack of sufficient space
Tuesday March 21 2023
By Damaris Biwott and Rennish Okong’o
Traders at Kapsowar market are a frustrated lot over lack of space to conduct their businesses, leaving them with no choice but to sell their wares by the roadside.
The market which is known for its bustling atmosphere and diverse range of products has become increasingly cramped in the recent months leaving many vendors struggling to find space to operate from.
According to several traders the lack of space has been caused by an influx of new vendors who are competing for the limited spaces and the limited number of stalls.
Some vendors have reported arriving at the market early morning only to find all the spaces occupied and thus end up selling their merchandise on the road.
“I’ve been coming to this market for years, but lately it’s becoming harder and harder to find a place to sell my goods,” said Fransisca Korir, a trader.
Other traders noted that lack of room is causing congestion making it difficult for customers to access the market resulting in reduced sales.
Ms Korir noted that during the rainy seasons those by the roadside and in open air cannot make sales.
Interviewed by KNA another trader Rhoda Kiptoo concurred that lack of space was a daunting challenge for traders particularly during the rainy season like now.
“Selling goods by the roadside is not sustainable, especially during the rainy season. We can’t make sales and our products are prone to spoilage as they are perishable goods ,” she said.
The traders therefore appealed to the county government to come up with solutions to enable them operate smoothly.
“If the county government could offer us solutions it would be very nice since we depend on business for a living,” Kiptoo added.