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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Nothing can stop a determined mind. Gurston Opar, a teacher by profession, is physically challenged and freely independent. When life throws lemons at him, he makes lemonade out of it. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Musa Chahare.
When you own a TV in the slums of Nairobi, you are sure of a busy social life. With a lot of neighbors visiting you to watch the news or a movie. Or a small room, a TV, a big disk on the roof and a board showing the day’s line up is what it […]