In Kayole slums Nicko’s nailsalon New Palace is popular. Although the ladies can be demanding, they like his style and friendliness. ‘It is all about interest and trying hard to please your clients’, Nicko says, ‘it is a good job. I can pay my rent and support my parents in the village’. Your reporter […]
What happens to all the used hairpieces of Nairobi women? Recycling hair? Mercy Wanjiku, a young mother of two in Dandora slums, works with recycled weaves, and makes a good living out of it. A new hairpiece costs Ksh 500 (5 e), a recycled one only 100 a 150 Ksh. “It pays my rent, feeds my kids […]
Deep into the night the grave diggers do their work. It is a tradition to dig at night and to be together to honor the deceased. ‘With traditional drinks made by the grandmothers and bhang we chase away evil spirits’, says Zablon Obonyo Onjoro, gravedigger for more than nine years. ‘Also it makes our blood go faster […]
What comes to your mind when you hear ‘deaf rapper’? Meet Lal Daggy!! Kenya’s first deaf rapper from Kitengela, Nairobi. Lal Daggy lives his dream of becoming a rapper in sign language. Also watch his video ‘Proudly Kenya’ on YouTube. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Jimmy Kitiro.
Is extreme poverty reduced in Kenya by 2015? The millennium goal number one! Fifteen years have almost past, and did Kenya succeed in reducing poverty? Many people still suffer from chronic food insecurity and poor nutrition. Prices of food and fuel are high. Basic needs like food, housing and education are lacking. For slum residents […]
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