Let your brain work

Let your brain work

Do you like to exercise your brain? Watch this Slum Journal about making your brain work with puzzles in Nairobi, Kenya. Your reporter is Ursula Akinji

Radio still powerful

Ghetto Radio, Koch FM and Classic FM are all very popular in the slums. Shiko is a passionate radio presenter at Koch FM, one of the first community radio stations in Kenya. ‘Why did we start up in Korogocho slums? We voice out issues that happen here. Issues about environment, children missing or even elderly, […]

Slum housing unsafe

It is a tough job to find a decent house in the slums. Magret is a displaced resident whose house has been demolished. ‘Due to low income you don’t know where to go, and sometimes have to build yourself a house in the fields’. Where the wind may blow away your roof. Or often houses […]

‘Bill Gates’ of the slums

In Mukuru slums every one knows Michael Kinyua, a real entrepreneur. Determination and high dreams keep him going. ‘When I earn some money I immediately invest it somewhere else’. Managing guest rooms and a public choo, helping people to start a small business. He all manage it from the centre of his business, a general store. […]

From grass to grace

When you are smart but live in the slums with little means, can you get to university? Robert, a carpenter, worked all days but saturdays. On saturdays he was going to university to become a civil engineer. But the costs were too high. Boniface Ajwak’s dream is to become a doctor. His family, friends and […]

Women work on matatu

To get food on the table women in Nairobi, Kenya, increasingly do what used to be a man’s job. Like Ann Kang’oroti who is working as a matatu conductress. A rough job in which little respect is show to a woman. ‘Through this job I can give my child an education. I learned to drive, […]

Metalworks vital in slums

Under the burning sun and hot tin roofs Jua Kali (Swahili for ‘hot sun’) entrepreneurs work tirelessly in the hammering noise. Humphrey Omondi is very proud of his profession. ‘We learn these skills from experienced blacksmiths like Jacob, a veteran in the metal industry. It is an honest job, and we make real Kenyan household […]