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Kenya: Creating jobs and providing water in urban slums

Create jobs and provide a better life for people in Kenya’s slums

Who will benefit?

5,000 families will be provided with affordable water and sanitation services

200 youths will have secure jobs running the recycling facilities

About the project

This project supports young people to set up and run their own viable recycling, and water and sanitation enterprises. The project activities will create jobs whilst simultaneously improving the living conditions of thousands of slum dwellers. Building on the success of the first two years of this innovative project, activities will continue in the Mukuru and Korogocho slums of Nairobi. A bio-sanitation centre will also be built in Kibera slum.

Oxfam has been working in Kenya since 1963, addressing both humanitarian needs as well as long term solutions to poverty. Working with established partners2, this project will enable communities to access vital water, sanitation and waste collection services at the same time as providing sustainable solutions to reduce urban poverty.

Project aims

  • Expand secure employment and income generating opportunities for youth groups, through supporting recycling enterprises and providing low-cost water and sanitation services to communities. 
  • Improve community hygiene, reduce waterborne disease rates, and tackle the problem of waste.
  • Reduce the costs of basic water and sanitation services for poor people.

How we are helping

Florence's story

With Oxfam's support, Florence Amekui, a 32 year old mother of four, can now grow her own crops.

 Before a hybrid pump was installed [in 2012], monthly water tariffs for each person in the community were as high as Ksh. 150 (£1.08). Now we are happy that we are able to use our money to invest in the future. With the money saved, we have been able to buy seeds to cultivate food. We use water from the borehole to irrigate the crops, so we no longer rely on food distributions. I am very grateful to Oxfam for supporting us.

This project has replaced a costly, diesel fuelled water system in Kaikor, Turkana North, with a hybrid pump, ensuring that people have access to reliable, affordable safe water. This new pump is significantly reducing the cost of accessing water, and is enabling the community to invest their time and money in agriculture to ensure food is available for people to eat.

Photo: Naomi Etyang/Oxfam

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping people in Kenya's slums earn a living and improving the living conditions of the whole community. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Chelsea Birkby -
01865 472832

Trusts and Foundations:

Julian Kosh - 
01865 472458


Inma Andres -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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