Kenya shut down most social activities including sports in march after the first diagnosing of COVID-19 virus case was made.
For Kayole Starlets Football Club, a Kenya Women Premier League team, the going got tough as they had also lost a sponsorship deal they had with UNICEF.
But they didn’t falter, the team management sat down with the players and decided to venture into soap making.
Since the league was cancelled in mid-March, my players were really suffering because they were depending on match allowances and that’s why we decided to venture into this. We pack the soap in five-litre cans and sell them at Sh300 each. We pay the players a commission so the more they sell the more they will earn and a small percentage also goes to the club accounts”, Coach Joshua Sakwa told Citizen Digital.
The liquid soap is made from a combination of household-friendly chemicals and is multi-purpose.
There’s a ready market for the soap in Eastlands.
“The market has been appealing from the moment we started and it keeps gaining momentum. As a coach I am glad to see that the ladies can at least meet their daily basic needs,” coach Joshua Sakwa.
We have entered into a partnership of manufacturing and distribution of Soap with BIG 5 that will support the team financially.— Kayole Starlets Fc Est.2008 (@KayoleEst) June 13, 2020
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Kayole Starlets hopes that the opening up of the country post COVID-19 be hastened to enable many of the ladies go back to work.
The coach has urged the sports stakeholders, well wishers and sponsors to come on board as a way of helping the club to continue featuring in the league.
“Since UNICEF withdrew their sponsorship, we have struggles for many years getting one and that’s why I am urging any well wishers, stakeholders and sponsors to come on board to help us.”
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