24hr business economy

24hr business economy

In the heart of Majengo slum residents operate their business way into the night just to make an extra profit. Aziza Hussein chose to run her small Hotel Lambada non-stop and serve her customers food till very very late. ‘In the night people eat a lot. During the day I had only a few customers. […]

Bunge Mtaani Majengo

‘Does 24hr business reduce the issue of unemployment especially in the slums?’ Yes, it creates jobs for youths who then stay away of crimes. No, it attracts illegal business during the night and makes people irresponsible. In this 2nd Bunge Mtaani screening, organized by Nairobi Community Media House, Majengo residents debate the pro’s and con’s of […]

Dandora dumpsite dilemma

Dandora dumpsite reached it maximum capacity in 2001, but nowadays still tons of garbage are dumped there. Thousands of people depend for their daily living on the dumpsite. Margret Njeri Kamau: ‘I collect plastic bags to sell. What makes me happy about this job is that I can buy some flour and sugar, and don’t […]

Bunge Mtaani Dandora

Bunge Mtaani project – ‘Parliament of the street’. Once a month in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, we screen short documentaries for an audience of one of the twenty slums that Nairobi is ‘rich’. Residents participate actively.  They raise relevant issues from the slums. After the broadcast the residents can actively have their say on these issues. The […]

‘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. […]

Metal workers ‘Jua Kali’ – YouTube

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 […]

Micro finance start up

Micro finance can get you started with your business. Like selling vegetables with help from a women’s group. Each person contributes 100 Ksh (1 euro) a week, and one member of the group can have a boost in business. But paying back can be stressful at times. Still it gives you a chance to grow […]