Migori tailors getting old as youths rush to boda boda sector

Charles Ochieng (wearing a white kaunda suit) with his four tailors at his shop along Biashara street in Migori town on Saturday.

By MN Reporter

Migori youths have been lured to boda boda sector leaving an aging skilled workforce especially in the tailoring sector.

Tailors in Migori said there are no young generation of tailors to replace them as the allure of quick cash with no technical, crafts and artisan skills needed has attracted them to boda boda sector.

Bernard Odoyo now 73 years a tailor in Migori town regrets that majority of young people prefer boda boda business because it does not call for any training and can give them quick shs 500 per day.

“Tailoring calls for a lot of patience and persistence for one to master the tailor skills which youths are afraid of, but once the skills are mastered the benefits will be immeasurable,” he said.

Charles Ochieng who started designing cloths for both women and men in 1995 reveals that the number of young people who are approached him for training have since declined.

Ochieng says that he has trained over 30 now competent cloth making tailors since he began his career but number has since gone down with few young people interested with the work.