The month of January is usually very busy for many Kenyans especially those with average income. This is a month in which many Kenyans try to start their new year’s resolutions, some setting new goals for themselves but it is also a month that is covered by many movements including sending children to school.
Those who are affected by this month are people who have a random life, known as mahasla – whose income does not meet all their needs, considering that it is the beginning of people coming out of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas and New Year holidays where they have spent a lot of money to please their family with things and various tours.
This means that they start January in a bag, and in order to find a way to survive this month which is said to have ‘a thousand days’, many have to change their lifestyles, especially in the matter of misos.
And for those who work in places far from home, there are those who consider skipping lunch due to the lack of money to buy food, but there are also those who end up in shanty restaurants which are their refuge for ‘a lot of food at a cheap price’.
In the city of Nairobi, some of the restaurant workers of the umiza huts have been showing concern for this kind of trouble by coming up with cheap misos to help them push through the hardships of January. One of the food that the waiters of the umaja stalls have come up with ‘ugali pambana’ – which is a menu of ugali accompanied by meat fillets and hearty soup for only 100 shillings.
But also if that is not enough, the media has revealed that there is another menu that has emerged that goes for a much cheaper amount, less than one hundred shillings. The menu is called Githeri Rasta, which is a puree accompanied by meat particles and pulp of chicken or beef soup, which is also served with spaghetti noodles. The name rasta comes from the shape of the noodles being like twists of hair popularly known as rasta.