27-06-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo
Italy is beginning to be plagued by the economic crisis resulting from the war, and its citizens are grappling with the first heavy price increases that will hit their wallets. Gasoline, gas and electricity are already skyrocketing and will reach unprecedented levels.
It is a situation that affects the whole world and is being felt in Kenya as well, yet this country remains affordable for our compatriots who can afford a vacation or an extended period of waiting (not only retirees, but also those who take expectations or are self-employed, if not the many who use "smart working" today).
Let's see in what more Kenya is an attractive country for Italians' savings.
(WARNING: These are not absolute parameters and, above all, one must take into account everyday life in this country, not the comforts one seeks on vacation. And it is just a list that does not exclude everything that is more expensive for a foreigner instead, starting with health care, for example)
In Italy the price of gasoline per liter has exceeded 2 euros per liter, those served at the pump today spend up to 2.2 euros, while diesel has also touched 2.03 euros.
In Kenya there has been an increase in correspondence with the stop of ships from the Black Sea and inflation in recent weeks. The government decided to raise fuel prices to try to recover a debt incurred with oil companies and not disadvantage distributors. However, the fact remains that super still costs about 1 euro less than in Italy, Kes.157 per liter (about €1.20). The price of fuel, of course, also affects the electricity bill.
In Italy, those who do not own a house or want to rent an apartment or the like seasonally to spend vacations or weekends at the seaside or in the mountains are now resigned to finding nothing under €1,000 a month, especially if they want to stay in tourist resorts.
Rents in cities have also increased, albeit less.
In Kenya rents are still affordable, with 500 euros you can not only find an apartment by the sea, in several coastal resorts, but with a little extra effort even a cottage with a swimming pool. Of course then there will be side expenses to deal with.
In many regions of Kenya, especially those on the coast, heating is a non-existent expense. Italians will have to prepare for an Italian winter in which the expenses for boilers and heaters will be hallucinating. In and around Nairobi, the problem could occur in June and July, and in the evenings through October. In the rest of the country the problem is easily solved with fireplaces, while on the coast, as mentioned, there is no need for heating, and for hot water an instant water heater will suffice, which does not burden the bill much more.
Kenya can teach you how to save money and at the same time manage to feed yourself properly and healthily, perhaps having to give up Italian gastronomic habits and learning how to shop wisely. While shopping in Europe is now tied to large retailers, in Kenya one is still able to buy directly from the producer and take advantage of seasonal varieties. A mango, eaten at harvest time, can cost 10 shillings (8 euro cents), a pineapple 50 shillings. The same goes for vegetables, especially in the Rift Valley and Mount Kenya region. On the coast, it is not difficult to get fish directly from fishermen, and even here, depending on the time of year and currents, you can eat healthy, fresh food for little.
In Kenya, if you want to, you can forget the latest fashion, the logic of sales, the designer garment. As well as hardly having to wear winter clothing. In Nairobi you may at most need a jacket that in Italy would be used in autumn, while on the coast, even in June and July, at most a sweater and windbreaker. Otherwise, shorts and shirt all year round. But it's not just the amount or kind of clothes you have to keep in your closet, but also the cost. In the so-called "mitumba," the markets for used clothing, you can find everything and even quality stuff at unbelievable prices (never more than 2 euros), and you don't necessarily have to come across Chinese clothes, as is now the case in Italian markets.
SERVICES AND LABOR
There may not be the professionalism that there is in Italy, but sometimes the art of making do works better than the presumption of knowing everything and taking advantage of the client's lack of knowledge.In any case, if in Italy before taking a car to the mechanic, for example, one has to light a candle to the Madonna and at bill time lean against a pillar, in Kenya certain services where labor costs more than spare parts are much cheaper.
Same with other services, from electrician to mason and so on.
For certain tasks, labor jobs for example and low concept jobs, the help that these categories of Kenyans can give us is really important and cheap, if we think that by law the daily wage of a laborer can not exceed 2.50 euros per day. Usually (and rightly so) a foreigner is also inclined to pay a little more, but it always remains very little. So in the case of domestic servants or caregivers.
From today petrol, diesel and paraffin cost more in Kenya.
Good news for motorists and transportation in Kenya.
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