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Offline abdulmuhsee

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Advice for Friend in Kenya - Programming
« on: Thu, 13 December 2018, 14:20:54 »
I have a brother-in-law in Kenya that has a kinda crummy job and no means of getting to a country where he can work at a job with a livable wage.  He has a laptop, and I thought that maybe he could try to teach himself a computer programming language or some such.  Is this a viable way for him to make money?

What programming language should he learn?

Are there companies or online contractors that would hire a Kenyan who had the ability to program in the desired language?

Offline Findecanor

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Re: Advice for Friend in Kenya - Programming
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 13 December 2018, 15:05:05 »
It's doubtful.
Man must shape his tools lest they shape him
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Offline tp4tissue

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Re: Advice for Friend in Kenya - Programming
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 13 December 2018, 15:38:24 »
Communication would be too unreliable..

It doesn't make sense to enter a field with no local hub.

He's better off becoming a tradesmen or joining a gang to deal drugs, Either one....

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Re: Advice for Friend in Kenya - Programming
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 14 December 2018, 09:02:04 »
Although TP4's advice is certainly pragmatic I don't think you can discount coding as a viable path to better opportunities. According to a Wired article, Kenya has a $1 billion tech hub home to over 200 startups. If this digital transformation continues through investment from multinationals and a growing number of startups just imagine where Kenya will be a decade from now. There are also freelance coding jobs online but there can be stiff competition from the large talent pool available throughout the world.   
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