After working for 30 days, chances are that you will be paid using an SMS. That is, your employer pays you through the bank, you get notified by an SMS.
There is no doubt that technology has revolutionized everything within and without Kenya. Things that were are no longer the way we knew them. And they keep on changing. Like magic. Today this, tomorrow that, and life moves on like before.
If there is somewhere that technology has taken center stage in Kenya is the financial sector. There is no doubt that the enhancement in technology has been the reason the country has led others in financial inclusion for the last 10 years.
But life has also changed. The cost of living is high and many people are barely making ends meet. The little one gets in terms of cash is needed somewhere be it by the landlord, offsetting of debts, school fees, and to help families “back at home.”
In Nairobi, you are paid via “text”. You get an SMS notification from the bank. You withdraw, pay rent, send some cash home, pay debts, all via phone as you get SMSs. In the end, all cash gone within 10 minutes, you remain with an SMS, start working again for the next SMS.
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) June 15, 2021
After working for 30 days, chances are that you will be paid using an SMS. That is, your employer pays you through the bank, you get notified by an SMS. You immediately start paying bills such as rent as you receive SMS notifications.
In the end, you remain with SMSs with no liquid cash. You again start sweating vigorously working for the next SMS. We say it is the advancement in technology but I say it is the high cost of living. It has turned us into robots in a cycle of life.
Life is a journey. Every day we take a step. But in Kenya, money is everything. If you have money, you have everything at your disposal. In the absence of the same, you become a slave.