Smokies are small sausages which enjoy a (in my opinion, quite strange) huge popularity as a snack food and are sold from small heated carts like mini ice cream carts. We started with 10 commercial sex workers selling from two shared carts. As the business grew and more people were added, they took profit from the business and bought every three new people a cart or a jiko (a stove). There are now 55 Smokie sellers in the Nairobi area.
This is a difficult business as the supply is controlled by brokers up at Kisumu on Lake Victoria. But by banding together, our lady fish sellers have upped their orders to include hotels and restaurants, thereby increasing their own buying power and getting good deals from the brokers. The groups started with a combined membership of 10 and are now at a hard worked for 32 business people.