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'Stoned': Meet the man who ‘refuels’ pregnant women in Muthurwa

4 months ago, 11 Aug 11:06

By: Patrick Soi

Piles of stones welcome you to his business yard in Muthurwa market. But this is not a construction site.

From a distance, the dusty mountain resembles a recently excavated road, littered with cabro paving blocks. These are actually 'delicious' stones that have kept pregnant city women fed for years. 

Kileva Malondo, 42, has a niche market: pregnant women. And he is doing just fine.

Malondo makes money by ‘treating’ pregnant women using 'magical' clay soil, not that he's studied medicine or nutrition. But women just love what he has got to offer.

They crave for it because, according to Malondo, it makes up for iron and calcium in their bodies. 

The idea of venturing into the clay soil business came up when Malondo’s wife was pregnant in 2011. He would often accompany her to distant towns in search of the rare stuff.

"I often accompanied her on these short trips in search of the mchanga. I saw an opportunity, and after a few trips,decided to set up this business,” Malondo told CityBiz.

Malondo sources this rare ‘medicine’ from Murang’a County.

He wakes up early to ensure his customers are serviced well. On a good day, more than 40 pregnant women troop by his stall to ‘refuel’.

He explains that, “The clay soil is packed in 50-kilo sacks. A sack goes for Sh800. I, however, sell the stones in small bunches, with a handful going for a paltry Sh10. It takes about four days to sell a full sack.”

His customers come from as far as Thika, Rongai, Pipeline, Ngong and Limuru.

According to Malondo, business is good between the months of March and May and again between September and December. That's when most Nairobi women are pregnant and thus need the 'miracle' stones.

Men too frequent his stall to buy the stuff for chewing miraa. They claim the stone 'inashika' more than chewing gum, which has traditionally been the preferred accompaniment.

Molondo is now planning to expand his business and open up branches across the country.

 


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'Stoned': Meet the man who ‘refuels’ pregnant women in Muthurwa

4 months ago, 11 Aug 11:06

By: Patrick Soi

Piles of stones welcome you to his business yard in Muthurwa market. But this is not a construction site.

From a distance, the dusty mountain resembles a recently excavated road, littered with cabro paving blocks. These are actually 'delicious' stones that have kept pregnant city women fed for years. 

Kileva Malondo, 42, has a niche market: pregnant women. And he is doing just fine.

Malondo makes money by ‘treating’ pregnant women using 'magical' clay soil, not that he's studied medicine or nutrition. But women just love what he has got to offer.

They crave for it because, according to Malondo, it makes up for iron and calcium in their bodies. 

The idea of venturing into the clay soil business came up when Malondo’s wife was pregnant in 2011. He would often accompany her to distant towns in search of the rare stuff.

"I often accompanied her on these short trips in search of the mchanga. I saw an opportunity, and after a few trips,decided to set up this business,” Malondo told CityBiz.

Malondo sources this rare ‘medicine’ from Murang’a County.

He wakes up early to ensure his customers are serviced well. On a good day, more than 40 pregnant women troop by his stall to ‘refuel’.

He explains that, “The clay soil is packed in 50-kilo sacks. A sack goes for Sh800. I, however, sell the stones in small bunches, with a handful going for a paltry Sh10. It takes about four days to sell a full sack.”

His customers come from as far as Thika, Rongai, Pipeline, Ngong and Limuru.

According to Malondo, business is good between the months of March and May and again between September and December. That's when most Nairobi women are pregnant and thus need the 'miracle' stones.

Men too frequent his stall to buy the stuff for chewing miraa. They claim the stone 'inashika' more than chewing gum, which has traditionally been the preferred accompaniment.

Molondo is now planning to expand his business and open up branches across the country.

 


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