Kenchic Limited has offered to support Faith Murunga, a former migrant worker, in her reintegration journey by helping her set up her own Kenchic Kuku Shop. Kenchic will assist Faith in covering the cost of branding the Kuku Shop along with paying one month’s rent and deposit for the shop.
Additionally, Kenchic will supply the shop with a weighing scale and one month’s stock worth Kes. 25,000. Kenchic will also provide basic training to Faith in financial management, book keeping business sustainability.
Appearing on Citizen TV’s JKL on August 18, Faith Murunga’s narration of her horrific experiences as a migrant worker in Saudi Arabia had stunned the nation as she painted a vivid picture of the mistreatment many migrant workers go through at the hands of unscrupulous agencies, terrible employers and unhelpful diplomatic officials.
There are over 97,000 Kenyan migrant workers in Saudi Arabia according to the Ministry of Labour. Many of them have reported cases of mistreatment and assault, while at least 97 have died due to different reasons.
Murunga revealed how her passport was confiscated upon arrival, and how she was regularly beaten up, assaulted and harassed by her employer. “At some point I thought I would die. My boss in Saudi Arabia poured hot water on my arm and that’s why I have this burn,” she noted. Eventually, Murunga seized a chance to escape and ran to a Red Cross office.
Since recently returning to Kenya and sharing her experience of gross mistreatment as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia, Faith sought out well-wishers to help her revive her Kenchic business.
The poultry business is expected create a sustainable source of livelihood for herself and her family.
“I am grateful to Kenchic for taking an interest in my story and for their generous support in helping me set up my Kuku shop, which has been a dream of mine since my time working in Saudi Arabia. This business will help me get back on my feet and provide for my family,” said Faith.
“At Kenchic, we are committed to corporate social responsibility and contributing value through the initiatives we support. We were moved by Faith’s story and her determination to revive her Kenchic business and we’re honoured to be able to support her in her journey as a Kenchic Kuku shop entrepreneur,” remarked Romeo Jamoza, head of CSR at Kenchic.