Ice cream vendors in Isiolo Town record booming business as hot weather persists

Most of the hawkers come from the Coast and operate in the open market in Isiolo Town.

Wednesday March 30 2016

An ice cream vendor serves a customer in Isiolo

An ice cream vendor serves a customer in Isiolo Town on March 30, 2016. The business has experienced a big boom as residents seek to cool themselves amid the current hot weather. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

ByVIVIAN JEBET
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Ice cream hawkers in Isiolo Town have recorded increased sales due to the hot weather that has hit most parts of the country.

The traders have taken advantage of the sizzling heat to enjoy huge profits with others even travelling to areas like Wajir, Marsabit, Moyale and Laisamis to sell the body cooling commodity.

Most of the hawkers come from the Coast and operate in the open market within Isiolo Town.

Thirty-year old Jackson Kenga, who hails from Mombasa, said residents going on with their daily activities have endured high temperatures and scorching sun for the past one week and most of them have resorted to buying the frozen delicacies to quench their thirst.

Mr Kenga said he makes Sh2,500 daily while during the cold seasons he hardly makes Sh500 in a day.

“I am glad that my business is booming, thanks to the high temperatures,” added the trader with a smile.

Another trader said one ice cream piece retails at Sh10 but he sells it at Sh20 or more in hotter regions.

Motorists using the Isiolo-Moyale highway are also targeted due to the high temperatures they experience while travelling.

Mr Kenga, who sells ice cream in Baraza Park and at public gatherings, said he has never regretted his decision to venture into selling ice cream.

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