POULTRY KEEPING

Poultry  keeping is one of the most popular enterprises among farmers in Kenya, especially to the small scale farmers.  This is because, poultry farming is one of the cheapest farming enterprises. With as little as 5,000 shillings, you can start poultry farming.

This type if enterprise is one of the most important aspects of agriculture in Kenya because it provides employment to the jobless an the youth. Poultry farming also creates business opportunities for entrepreneurs. With the type of chicken you rear, one can always make good money from selling chicken. Having in mind that a day old chick goes for as little as 150 shillings.

KUKU

There are three types of chicken which are known to poultry farmers. We have the layers which are reared for egg production. You can sell the eggs to your nearby market. A create of eggs

HOW TO START A BUSINESS BUYING APARTMENTS AND RENTING THEM

IN THE 21ST CENTURY THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT FROM HOME OWNERSHIP TO RENTING OF HOMES WHICH HAS GIVEN A BOOST TO THE  APARTMENT -RENTAL NICHE IN THE MARKET.

APARTMENTS ATTRACT TENANTS YEAR IN, YEAR OUT. THEREFORE, BUYING AND RENTING APARTMENTS CAN PROVIDE A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANIES.

TO ENTER THIS LUCRATIVE BUSINESS, YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO LOCATE AND BUY APARTMENTS AND RENT THEM. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR YOU  TO REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS. REGISTERING YOUR BUSINESS HELPS YOU GAIN FINANCIAL PROTECTION FROM BUSINESS DEBTS.

THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING IS FOR YOU TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE OBTAINED A RESIDENTIAL REAL EASTATE LICENCE. A LICENCE ENSURES THAT YOU ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE LAW AND THAT YOU KNOW YOUR LEGAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  AS A LICENCED INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY.

IN THIS KIND OF BUSINESS, ENSURE THAT YOU ESTABLISH BUSINESS CREDIT FOR YOUR COMPANY. MOST OR WE CAN SAY, MANY MORGAGE LENDERS ARE HISITANT TO LEND TO NEW COMPANIES WHO DONT HAVE A CREDIT HISTORY. YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT, EVEN IF ITS A BRIEF CREDIT HISTORY, CAN EASILY GIVE YOU A BOOST IN THIS AREA.

ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU WORK WITH LOCAL MORGAGE LENDERS , PROFICIENT REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND QUALIFIED PROPERTY MANAGERS, TO HELP YOU LOCATE PROPERITES FOR SALE. HERE, YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH AS MANY CONTACTS AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE QUICK NOTIFICATIONS, WHEN LITTLE-KNOW PROPERTIES ARE GOING UP FOR SALE.

AND ONCE YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED AN APARTMNET IN GOOD CONDITION, PURCHASE IT, REFURBISH IT AND THEN RENT YOUR APARTMENT PROPERTIES. MAKE SURE THEY ALWAYS HAVE FRESH PAINT, NEW APPLIANCES  AND THE FULL RANGE OF AMMENITIES OFFERED BY COMPETING COMPANIES IN YOUR AREA.

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, YOU CAN NOW PLACE YOUR PROPERTY LISTINGS ONLINE OR AS ADVERTISMENTS OR YOU CAN ALSO PLACE THEM IN THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE LISTINGS AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA.

WITH THIS KIND OF INFORMATION ON BUYING AND RENTING  APARTMNETS, YOU CAN NOW VENTURE INTO THIS LUCRATIVE  KIND OF BUSINESS. AND WITH TIME YOU WILL BE ALL SMILES INTO THE BANK.

 

IN THEIR DAYS MAROON COMMANDOS

 BY CAREN ROTICHCOMMANDO

Maroon commandos is a musical group from Kenya. The military band belonging to the 7th riffle of the Kenya army, was formed in 1970 by the late Habel Kifoto, who was also their bandleader. Kifoto died in July 2011, in Nairobi, after he collapsed due to a suspectesd heart failure. The Maroon Commandos band perform rhumba, benga and other styles of music and often play their music at state functions.

Ater it was formed in 1970, the band  signed with Polydor Kenya in 1971 and released a song, “Emily”. But in 1972, the band had a tragic road accident, which left some of the members dead. This lead the band to be dorminant for 5 years. They later  released the album, “Raziki Haivatu”, after 1977.

In 1978,  they recorded and released their greatest single  and first major hit, “Charonyi ni wasi”,  (song) – who’s lyrics were written in Taita language, and won a silver disc in 1981, which saw them sell approimately 30,000 copies in 3 months.

The band  which has more than 10 albums, is popularly known for the familiar anthem, uvivu (song)  Christina and Riziki.

Some of the band members were David Kibe,  who after some time left the band  after he rose in the military ranks and had no more time for the band. laban Ochuka who was also a member of the band, left to play for another  band and later died in 2006. Other members were Diwani Nzaro and David Kombo, who joined then band in the late 80’s, and is also the current band leader.

The band, also had female members, like the 2011 nominee for the best female Afro Fusion artiste at the East African Music Awards, Doris Chepchumba Tanui who was known for her Kalenji hit song “Kipla” (Song Kipla), and also singer Barbara Chepkoech Cheptaab Kiprotich,  aka Waridi, who’s known for her kalenjin hit song “Tilyenun”.(Song- Tilyenun).

Their prowress as vocalist and song writers shone through the bands releases like their  2008 peace album, Kenya Unite  (Song) which was written in response to the 2007 – 2008 Kenyan Post – election violence.

For over 30 years now, the Maroon commandos, has remained to be Kenya’s consistent and most celebrated band.

RESPECT TO ALLAH

BY MOHAMMUD ABDILLA

TOPSHOTS-SAUDI-RELIGION-ISLAM-HAJJ

Islam  is  a  monotheistic  religious  tradition  that  developed  in  the  middle  East  in  the  7th  century.  Islam,  which  literally  means  “surrender”  or  “submission”,  was  founded  on  the  teachings  of  Prophet  Muhammad  as  an  expression  of  surrender  to  the  will  of  from  Allah  the  creator  and  sustainer  of  the  world.  Islam  expounded  beyond  its  birthplace  in  the  Arabia,  to  Africa,  Asia,  Europe  and  America.

The Quran,  the  sacred  text  of  Islam,  contains  the  teachings  of  the  Prophet  that  were  revealed  to  him  from  Allah.Essential  to  Islam  is  the  belief  that  Allah  is  one  and  true  God  with  no  partner  or  equal.  Islam  has  two  divisions  within  the  tradition  which  are  the  sunni  and  shia  of  which  they  follow  the  Quran  teachings.  Islam  is  guided  by  five  pillars  which  are  fundamental  practices.  These  five  practices  include  Shahad  which  is  the  declaration  of  faith  and  trust  that  prophases  that  there  is  only  one  God  and  that  Mohammed  is  Gods  messenger.  The  second  pillar  is  salat  which  is  the  Islamic  prayer  that  consists  of  five  daily  prayers  according  to  sunna  and  are  named  according  to  prayer  times  that  is  Fajir,  the  dawn  prayer,  Dhuhr  the noon  prayer,  Asr  the  afternoon  prayer,  Maghirb  which  is  the  evening  prayer  and  Isha  the  night  prayer. All  prayers  are  recited  while  facing  the  direction  of  the  quibla  or  kaaba  in mecca  and  form  an  important  aspect  of  Muslim  Ummah  or  union.  They  must  wash  before  prayer  which  is  called  Wudu  or  purification.  These  prayers  are  accompanied  by  a series  of  set  positions.  The  third  pillar  is  Zakat,  which  is  the  practice  of  charitable  giving  based  on  accumulated  wealth.  Sawum,  the  forth  pillar  is  concerned  with  fasting.  Fasting  during  Ramadhan  is  obligatory  but  forbidden  for  pre-pubicent  children,  the  sick,  elderly  people,  menstruating,  pregnant  and  breastfeeding  women.  Finally  we  have Hajj which  is  the  fifth  pillar  and  its  all  about  pilgrimage  that  occur  during  Islamic  month  of  dhur-hijjah  to  the  holy  city  of  mecca.

 

Muslim  also  celebrate  two  official  holidays  Eid Al-Fitr  and  Eid Al-Adha.  Muslims  are  also  required  to  dress  modestly  during  their  religious  practises.  Women  are  required  to  cover  their  breasts  and  heads  by  wearing  hijabs and men  they  commonly  wear  kanzus.  Muslims,  like any  other  religion  faces  various  challenges  in  their  day  to  day  life.