It was a good day for selected “hustlers”. who showcased their prowess during the official launch of the Hustler Fund at the Green Park Terminus in Nairobi.
The emcee, comedian Chipukeezy, engaged the small-scale traders who explained what they sell and how the Hustler Fund credit will boost their businesses.
The event was attended by President William Ruto, his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Cabinet Secretaries, and executives representing banks and mobile service providers as well as ordinary traders.
After a trader divulged his/her business, Chipukeezy would ask him or her to place a monetary value on his/her goods, products, or items. The funnyman encouraged them to inflate the prices and he would get a buyer.
He would then randomly invite any of the guests and ask them to buy and none declined.
Deputy President Gachagua purchased a shirt for Ksh50,000.
Another big winner was a ‘mama mboga’, whose tomatoes and onions were bought at Ksh70,000 by new Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Chief Executive Officer Paul Russo.
Sakaja paid Ksh5,000 for a shirt while Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndegwa bought a beef smokie at Ksh200.
A fish trader in Umoja, Nairobi also walked home with good cash after several ministers and dignitaries raised money to help her buy a deep freezer.
But the biggest winner among those who displayed their hustles was a Busia artiste whose paintings were bought by all the ministers, with Trade and Investments CS Moses Kuria sending him Ksh60,000.
The Huster Fund is available through the phone using a short code *254#.