One of my favorite things about living in Kenya is that I can get fresh fruits and vegetables steps away from my doorstep at a very low price all the time!
Most Kenyans live on less than $1.20 a day and a good portion of those families make their living from working their own kibanda (kiosk). They sell fresh fruits, vegetables, chapati (Kenyan version of a tortilla), mandazi (Kenyan version of a donut), roasted corn, chips (French fries), cell phone airtime, and usually a collection of other random things. The kiosks are outside their house or in an organized market put together of wood and scrap metal. They are literally everywhere you go in Kenya!
Joe and I have so enjoyed taking early morning walks for fruit, or early evening walks to just take in our life here. There is always beautiful children yelling, “Mzungu! Mzungu!” (White person! White person!), friendly African Mamas who want to chat with us in KiSwahili, and yummy-inexpensive fruits and vegetables. My favorite thing I can find in the market are huge avocados for 20ksh, which is less than a quarter! I loooooooooooove avocados and they are so tiny and expensive at home, I’ve taken full advantage of buying them here when our avocado tree doesn’t have any ripe avocados for me! I also really enjoy the roasted corn, they roast it on a grill over charcoal so it’s a mix between popcorn and corn on the cob. YUMMY. (I asked a man at the market if I could take a picture of him roasting his corn and he said no! Haha! So there is no picture, oh well!)
Some of the things we frequently buy in the market are: fresh mangoes for 20ksh each ( less than $0.25), kale or cilantro, a big bunch will be 5ksh (less than $0.05), pineapple for 150ksh ($1.70), watermelon for 150ksh ($1.70), tomatoes or onions are 5ksh (less than $0.05)….and much more…It’s like a fun farmers market everyday!
The market is definitely something I’ll miss about our sweet little life in Kenya. Joe and I frequently visit Findlay Market in our home town so that will remind me of the Kenyan market when we are at home!