Throughout his time in Kibera, Abraham has witnessed the deforestation and health problems caused by coal. Potter’s Briquettes are made of waste products and sugarcane remains. Not only do his briquettes cause less environmental harm than coal but they are also cheaper, longer lasting, and less damaging to users’ health.
Products Sold: 4643
Unique Clients: 456
Habari Kibra, Michelle and Thomas
Michelle and Thomas' Habari Kibra is a platform that allows youth to engage their passion for journalism. The training first teaches youths wide range of skills, from writing to photography to TV/media production, so that they will be able to reach their ambitions in an ever challenging and diversifying the industry. Once graduated these youth either will be set-up with income producing journalism jobs or join the Habari Kibra team to sell content to local media hubs in Nairobi.
Training hours: 2505
Unique Clients: 5
Twalalishwe Farm, Rose
Rose has witnessed dangers Kibera women experience when they journey to the marketplace early in the morning or late at night. Rose runs a farm where she grows fresh fruits and vegetables locally that are both affordable and accessible. Rose has now built a greenhouse and created sack gardens, allowing her to farm in any season. As well, Rose is creating a fish farm to help create organic fertilizer for her produces.
Products Sold: 565
Unique Clients: 100
AfriKnit Dolls, Susan and Meshack
Susan, a trained tailor and fabric technician, and her partner, Meshack, created Afriknit Dolls to address the lack of African-inspired dolls available in Nairobi. By using fabric waste from local tailors, they are able to create a sustainable and affordable product. With the business they train and employ vulnerable youth in the production of their dolls.
Products Sold: 165
Unique Clients: 126
Nutrition Palace, Joshua
Joshua started his cafe and catering service to serve nutritious food and educate the population of Kibera on healthy eating. As well, the cafe provides a safe, clean place for holding meetings, bringing business into Kibera that would not otherwise not be there.
Products Sold: 65400
Unique Clients: 20162
Yo-Toto, Lillian and Collins
Lillian and Collins began making yoghurt for their children in 2014 due to the high prices of other commercial yoghurt brands available in stores. They founded Yo-Toto together, which sells organic yoghurt at affordable prices to families and schools in Nairobi. Yo-Toto Yoghurt is made without preservatives, using probiotic cultures and fruit-based natural flavours.
Products Sold: 889
Unique Clients: 180
El-Elyon Daycare and Toys, Leo
Leo, seeing the need for affordable educational toys, created stuffed letters and animals to help children learn. The proceeds subsidize the rates of her daycare she is opening, allowing her to provide a reliable, affordable childcare service for working parents. As well, the daycare provides children with early childhood education lessons, taught with the assistance of her toys.
Products Sold: 105
Unique Clients: 60
Antony started Chicbanda to both sell chickens and teach poultry farming in his community, providing both a source of income and protein. He works with schools to teach them how to chicken farm, creating a avenue of sustainability for low-income schools.
Products Sold: 1095
Unique Clients: 547
Portable Voices, Allan
Allan, is the founder of Portable Voices podcasts, which produces interactive weekly podcasts focused on Nairobi's informal settlements, enabling community residents to express themselves creatively. They are now also piloting the production of African literature audio books.
Unique Clients: 500
Kiscom offers computer training to disadvantaged youth, subsidizing these services through the other ICT services offered. As well, Kiscom looks to promote education through providing library resources to kids who cannot afford school books, allowing children to rent at a low-cost after school.
Products Sold: 2427
Training hours: 480
Unique Clients: 1132
Carol founded WeeCare to teach early childhood education and educate young mothers on the importance speaking and reading to their kids early. Carol works with multiple women’s groups to help them implement educational activities with their kids into their hectic schedules.
Training Hours: 3090
Unique Clients: 100
Noticing a lack of organic and affordable protein sources in her community of Mathare, Rose decided to begin producing peanut butter. She later joined Somo’s entrepreneurship boot camp in hopes of expanding her business and creating more jobs for people in her community.
Products Sold: 626
Unique Clients: 127
Stanley is working to teach youth in Kibera high-level computer programming languages in their own community. His graduates have had the opportunity to find freelancing jobs through platforms such as Elance, Upwork, and iWriter and be hired by large companies like Samasource.
Training Hours: 4032
Unique Clients: 566
Bernard discovered his passion for singing and creating music as a teenager in Kibera. He is starting Vessels Music School to teach voice, piano, guitar and other instruments, but also to use the "universal language of music" to bridge divides in his community, create employment, and empower youth to embrace their creativity.
Training Hours: 220
Unique Clients: 22
Mwangaza Candles, Josephine
When Josephine was unemployed, a friend taught her how to make candles. Eventually, she began to sell her candles to people in her community and became financially independent. She realized that by training other single or unemployed women to make and sell candles, she could help bring them out of poverty, inspiring the founding of Mwangaza candles.
Products Sold: 227
Unique Clients: 87
PurYSeth Honey, Purity and Seth
Seth and Purity grew up watching their parents produce honey. They see honey as an important staple as it can be used to treat a variety of conditions, from dandruff and allergies to coughs and burns. Honey has not only been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years but also can control blood sugar levels and tastes great!
Products Sold: 516
Unique Clients: 54
Elkanah is a Web designer from Kawangware who started DoubleServe to train youth there in Web design skills. His mission is to form a team to sell Web design services to businesses in Nairobi. He is now expanding his program to reach the refugee Sudanese population in Nairobi.