Peris Njeri, a middle-aged florist, cut a jolly demeanor as she neatly arranged succulent red roses at her stall in the city market in the bustling downtown sections of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
Counting three decades in the flower business, Njeri has always looked forward to Valentine's day with palpable excitement, given the windfall it unleashes as red roses, which universally symbolize affection, sell like hotcakes.
The suave business lady said during a recent interview with Xinhua that she was anticipating brisk business during this year's Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14, informed by optimism Kenyans were projecting as post-pandemic economic rebound gathers steam.
"We are hoping this year's Valentine's Day will be profitable for the flower vendors. There is a reason for optimism given that we have started receiving orders for red roses ahead of lovers' day," Njeri said.
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