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Webuye town and COVID-19 in the absence of a source of income: Struggle for Survival by urban poor

Dennis Ochieng Otieno
p. 407-417

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Introduction
Workers of Rai Paper and workers of educational services sector living through COVID-19 crisis
Weak workers of Webuye town in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Transport sector in Webuye town and COVID-19 pandemic
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Introduction

This article is about Covid-19 and how it affected the urban poor living in Webuye town (West of Kenya) in the absence of Pan African Paper Mills also known as Pan Paper. Pan Paper for decades was the major source of livelihood for the residents of Webuye town. The factory was intertwined with the town’s growth. Before the global pandemic hit, Webuye town was dealing with its struggling economy. Coronavirus added more challenges onto the existing ones like loss of jobs. In curbing the spread of the pandemic, the government put in place measures like cessation of movement, dusk to dawn curfew among many other measures. With many industries closing down during the pandemic, the economy of country was greatly affected. Webuye was not an exception, it had its equal share of economic downturn. Street traders, cobblers, motorcycle operators and other casual workers who largely depended on the defunct Pan Paper and later on Rai Paper employees, and other employees from the vari...

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Dennis Ochieng Otieno, « Webuye town and COVID-19 in the absence of a source of income: Struggle for Survival by urban poor »Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer, 282 | 2020, 407-417.

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Dennis Ochieng Otieno, « Webuye town and COVID-19 in the absence of a source of income: Struggle for Survival by urban poor »Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer [En ligne], 282 | Juillet-Décembre, mis en ligne le 01 janvier 2023, consulté le 25 octobre 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/com/12585 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/com.12585

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Dennis Ochieng Otieno

Department of Philosophy, History and Religious Studies, Egerton University, P.O Box 536, Egerton, Kenya. Email: akokodennis@gmail.com

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