Under the burning sun and hot tin roofs metal workers ‘Jua Kali’ (Swahili for ‘hot sun’) hammers tirelessly in the noisy slums of Nairobi, Kenya. 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 quality Kenyan household products. Humphrey has an urgent call: ‘Buy items made locally!’ Also for jobless women are jobs and opportunities to find in this industry. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Musa Chahare.
African Slum Journal by Nairobi Community Media House tells about the life of people living in slum communities. A weak media sector provides scope for corruption and inequality. By giving African slums a voice we will strengthen the local media sector together with the people who live in the slum. Community based reporting by young people brings out the voice of Africans to a wider audience and contributes to transparency of local issues at a local, national and international level.