Degree Holders In Kenya

Most of the educated people in kenya are poor. Majority of the educated earn less than kshs 50,000 for a salary before tax and other deductions. When the deductions are put into consideration, the net salary comes to around kshs40,000. The net salary then suffers from loan deductions of up to 10,000 leaving the salary at around kshs 30,000. The landlord then demands for his 15,000 and monthly shopping takes away 5,000 leaving one with a 10,000. The bus will demand for 6000 going to and from work and relatives get another 1000. The whole salary is gone and borrowed money starts operating. The borrowed money includes short loans and salary advances.

The difference between poverty and prosperity is property. A prosperous person has property to his name while a poverty stricken person has no property to show. Using this understanding, therefore, most of the degree holders are poverty stricken, borrowing money to buy chicken and chips, pizza, and a car.

The biggest excuse for getting paid such low amounts of money and having to sit and work for another person for 30 days is THE DEGREE that one possesses and that’s all. This has made most of the degree holders very poor to poverty stricken and will die that way most likely. A degree holder does not know how to generate money unless that money is generated for the employer. A degree holder is so dependent on the salary that he can do anything to get a job but will not think of starting a business of his own to employ others.

  1. A degree holder is not prepared to sell chips but is very happy to work for hungry lion.

  2. A degree holder is not prepared to sell popcorn in the street but is very happy to work for vodaphone outlet in a tent by the road side.

  3. A degree holder is not prepared to sell second hand clothes but is very happy to be employed by DAPP which the business of selling second hand clothes.

  4. A degree holder is not prepared to make kshs100,000 monthly doing his own business but is very happy to work at the till in a bank getting paid 70,000.

  5. A degree holder is not prepared to start a company and grow it in two to three years but will spend three years searching for a job.

  6. A degree holder is not prepared to sell food to students but will be happy to be reporting to a boss with no qualifications as long as he is paid 50,000 for a salary.

  7. A degree holder is so eager to get out of this country and work in another country than spend time to develop his own country.

  8. A degree holder staying in a foreign land (Kenyan) is very keen to condemn Kenya but never contributing to the development of this country.

  9. A Kenya degree holder would rather sweep the streets of London or USA than start a business and make money in Kenya – others work in people’s homes doing some work there.

  10. A degree holder in Kenya will watch porn on his laptop but never to write a book using the same laptop to sell and make money.

  11. A degree holder will blame the government for lack of jobs even after he was on government bursary for him to have his degree.

  12. Kenya is blessed with people who have master’s degree and others are doctors in different technical fields such as IT and Engineering but all of them have failed to create a cartoon character and develop a movie from the same instead very happy to buy Tom and Jerry for their children thereby promoting America.

Why are the degree holders poor?

Because they have decided to pride themselves in a degree and failed to think better than a man who does not have even a certificate to his name.

Degree holders spend their time liking articles on linkedIn and facebook but never have any care in the world to implement what they like. Poverty starts from the mind, a mind that just likes things but never to implement those things.

If you want to progress, throw away that degree and start thinking better than someone without a degree. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and work like an ox for your business. Your hard work will pay off.


If you think education is expensive try ignorance. Better yet simply read this post.


Valid point’s although there is a minority.Kenyan corporate is of age now, was talking to some young chaps who are not even that senior in their organisation and are earning between 500-700k net in this Nairobi. FYI it’s not an NGO


If you want to progress, throw away that degree and start thinking better than someone without a degree. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and work like an ox for your business. Your hard work will pay off.


biased thoughts!
@sparks first start with your education level and what you have done to progress this country

Thats like 0.01 percent, the very few lucky ones.


Hii nitaita in simple terms ujinga.
Sio kila mtu anaeza kuwa business man
Sio kila mtu anaeza kuwa employer


A research I read about sometimes back shows that degree holders working in the informal sectors make more money, and are able to grow their businesses better than none degree or their less educated colleagues.

Shida ni, no well educated graduate wants to be seen doing the dirty work, going to gikomba or Wakulima market, or doing hands on landscaping and plumbing jobs.

Whilst if they had started there, low, the company in five or ten years would be employing five degree holders.


No work smart.

Talking of entrepreneurship and it’s cousins, this KCB Lion’s Den programme, are there any success stories from the first season?? I took time to read their Terms and Conditions today and I have to say, I really don’t see how a budding entrepreneur can survive those waters. It’s like they’re saying, give us your idea - now swive off!!


Safcom has a similar ‘incubation’ program. Sadly they rob these ideas.

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I posted earlier about the Sunday Nation story of the donkey owner who generates 30k per day.
It was challenged but I still think even if the earnings were exaggerated the story is still credible.

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link Mathayo.

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Loan usio lipa inakuwashia nini.
Sasa tuwache kusomea degree.

Such is the murky waters of entrepreneurship that writers who urge people to quit employment and follow their dreams fail to mention

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lets blame it on the 8.4.4. system which dictates that without education ua whole life is doomed.


The only people I know earning that much are highly skilled and mostly in tech.

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Tbh, afadhali nipate degree(s) alafu ni get my hands dirty as I do so… but degree (s) lazima…


hapo sawa. If you had gone to school you probably would not be a bitter single mother.


It’s all about mentality. Kuchange mind imefanyiwa employability panel beating ianze kufikiria self employment it’s a bit of a challenge.

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