Welcome to Wal-Mart…er… Nakumatt

Nakumatt is the Kenyan version of Wal-Mart. It’s everything you need, in bright clean aisles — food, clothing, bicycles, motorcycles, cheese graters, camping gear, stoves, refrigerators, hair gel (the mohawk is going strong).

You name it, so far, Nakumatt has had it. Except, I think, Shannon’s nail polish.

They’re frequently in shopping complexes with other stores. The one I frequented in Nairobi had a movie theater. I nearly bought a mountain bike at my local Nakumatt in Kisumu.

Only thing they were clearly missing was a retired person to shake my hand when I went in. Though there are security guards.

Of course, many consumer goods in the store are completely out of reach for many Kenyans; your average street vendor such as Victor Dhembo, my once-a-day guy for gum and sometimes a newspaper, says he earns maybe two dollars a day with his little stand where you can get also get candy, smokes and your shoes polished.

He’s not exactly going to be able to afford the $220 Raleigh mountain bike anytime soon.

Most Kenyans, especially those who live outside the major cities, rely on the big open-air markets (surprise, surprise, the vegetables look more fresh there), which I visited yesterday. Look for more on that adventure in the future.

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    September 17th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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    September 19th, 2009 at 5:00 am

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