Kevina Bakers in Bungoma County which was founded by St. Kevina Catholic church in the year 2012 has been giving priority of jobs to those who are disabled.
The company has been supporting the disabled to secure paid jobs at the Bakery. At least 90% of the workers are abled differently, to many, this job has been their turning point no matter the situation they are in.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kenya said the Kenya News Agency visited the company and had a chat with the manager who stated that since the company began, their aim as a company was to give charity to those who are abled differently, an opportunity to get a penny for upkeep and their families. Most of them who are working at Kevina Bakers are single mothers and they have children who are depending on them for clothing, education, and food.
Mr. Barasa the Manager narrated that, they have deaf, crippled, and lame who have been given priority to toil and take care of their families.
“We have different workers who are disabled not only from Bungoma County but also from other neighbouring counties like Kakamega, Kericho, and Busia. Everyone is not disabled we have also employed a number of workers to help the disabled since there are some tasks they cannot handle like driving our trucks, loading and off-loading, ” Barasa pointed out.
Centrine Simiyu, 40 years old mother who is crippled with 5 girls, started working at Kevina Bakers in the year 2012, She said at first no one could employ her because of her situation, even after seeking a job as a salonist she was discriminated and her effort of securing a job to feed his children bore no fruits.
Currently, Centrine could afford a smile after being employed at Kevina Bakers, being a single parent, she can manage to feed her children and pay their school fees.
“My last born is in baby class, third born is in form 3, my fourth-born is in class 7. The firstborn and the second born are at home due to lack of school fees, they all depend on my salary for them to eat and get education.” She explained.
She added that she enjoys the work even when a day passes when she misses reporting to work, she feels sad because she is used to the working environment and their workmates who are in the same condition. They are able to communicate to each other and work efficiently despite their differences.
Senyenge Ndusu who is deaf could not hide his joy which was clearly seen in his face, he was enjoying his work and cooperating with his workmates. Senyenge uses sign language at work and his workmates understand his mode of communication. Centrine translated Senyenge’s sign language to us since we could not understand him clearly.
“He is saying he lost his family members and now he is alone, he takes part in painting the containers, fetching water for us when we request, the job has supported him so much and that’s why he enjoys doing it, ” Centrine translated his words to us.
32-year-old Dorice Chebet who is also deaf illustrated with sign language how she started working in the year 2012, Chebet comes from Kericho but she has secured a place to live while she is working at the Kevina Bakers. Having 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl she has to toil to get the money to feed them. Chebet takes part in slicing bread and also being sent by other workmates who use wheelchairs, her fellows told us.
Their Supervisor Miss Christine Wandera who is not disabled said that she ensures everyone is okay at work and whenever there is a challenge, she takes the responsibility. Christine pointed out that they have a break of 30 mins apart from the normal lunch break for the workers to rest before they embark on work.
“We have to treat them differently since they are disabled and that’s why we give them time to take a break, they really enjoy this place.” She spoke.
The supervisor encouraged those who are disable to engage in something constructive since they are abled differently, she advised them to be creative and avoid begging on the streets, She said they should be free to seek employment at Kevina bakers since they offer a priority to those who are abled differently.