THRIVING 'ODD' BUSINESS

(PHOTOS) Booming casket-making business in Huruma estate

It takes at least 72 hours to complete a new coffin made from scratch.

In Summary

• Pentagon shaped coffin costs between 30,000 and Sh50,000 without handles , and the price can shoot up to Sh65,000 -Sh70,000 inclusive of handles.

• Challenges faced in the coffin industry starts with when the death rate is low, the coffins fail to sell.

A man transports a coffin using a cart in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
A man transports a coffin using a cart in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Unemployment in Nairobi has led people to venture into uncommon occupation to earn a living.

Death being inevitable and a journey every human has to go through, casket-making has become a booming business in Nairobi’s Huruma estate.

Inside a coffin shop in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
Inside a coffin shop in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Each casket has its own price depending on the size, finishing, colour and design.

The costs of caskets start from Sh20,000 and we also have some which can cost Sh80,000.

Joshua Oduor, Coffin maker engaged in business as usual in an effort to make ends meet in Huruma on February 1, 2022
Joshua Oduor, Coffin maker engaged in business as usual in an effort to make ends meet in Huruma on February 1, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

A pentagon shaped casket costs between 30,000 and Sh50,000 without handles, and the price can shoot up to Sh65,000 -Sh70,000 inclusive of handles.

A double stair casket, which is the normal size, can cost between Sh25,000 to Sh30,000, while a high-roof coffin goes for Sh35,000 to Sh40,000.

Joshua Oduor, Coffin maker sitting in is shop in Huruma on February 1, 2022
Joshua Oduor, Coffin maker sitting in is shop in Huruma on February 1, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

There are ready made caskets and customized which are made from scratch.

Monica Wanja and her workmates working on a coffin. One coffin takes about three days to complete in Huruma estate, February 1, 2022
Monica Wanja and her workmates working on a coffin. One coffin takes about three days to complete in Huruma estate, February 1, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Coffin makers engage in business as usual in an effort to make ends meet in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
Coffin makers engage in business as usual in an effort to make ends meet in Huruma estate on February 1, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA