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Meet the Kenyan in the UAE feeding jobless compatriots

A Kenyan woman has been making free food and distributing it to fellow Kenyans living in the UAE who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wangeci Waruire was a driver for Dubai Taxi when the pandemic hit.

“I had to resign in October 2019 after months of minimal earnings because terminal one at the main airport was closed and we earn from commissions,” Mrs Waruire told the BBC.

The mother of three noticed that many other people were jobless and thought of easing their strain by providing free food:

“My husband who was still working started buying me the ingredients and I started making food that I would pack and share photos on Facebook for people in my neighbourhood to come and pick,” she says.

Mrs Waruire makes 20-25 plates of food twice a week.

She had in the past been recognized by the government and awarded Best Dubai Taxi driver: