Zuhura – Cooking up education

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Zuhura is a mother, grandmother and caregiver living in the Kibera slum community of Nairobi, Kenya. It seems like just yesterday that she was struggling to support her family. But, her life is so very different now. With a microloan provided through the Kjiji Cha Upendo (KCU) Children’s project, Zuhura started her own catering business. The funds were enough to …

Recycled Handicrafts – a new sustainable boost to caregivers livelihoods

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This past June, the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project recruited caregivers to orphaned and vulnerable children to take part in a supplementary livelihoods training. This time, instead of simply providing small enterprise management training so trainees could embark on standard slum community income generating activities, they focused on learning to make handicrafts using recycled materials. Fifteen women participated in the …

Art in the Village of Love

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Laura, a long-time volunteer and supporter through Village of Love Canada, visited the families of the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project in August. While she was there she taught art to the children while they were on school break and also met with many of the caregivers caring for orphaned children. Laura says, “I visited the homes and businesses of …

Kibera Sustainable Businesses

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More and more members of the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project are turning to environmentally sustainable livelihood activities. From the Gardens in a Sack initiative wherein families can grow healthy greens in sacks on their roofs, to using recycled materials to make handicrafts for sale in tourist markets, they are joining a growing movement in Kibera! Check out these other …

Eyes open, heart full in Kibera

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Intern Blog: Aleksandra Lukasiewicz Last month Jennifer and I made the trek to Nairobi for a week of work with a CAP-AIDS Uganda partner organisation, Kijiji Cha Upendo (KCU) – Swahili for Village of Love. KCU is a grassroots community based organisation operating in the Kibera slum, which is home to some 1.5 million people. They work with orphans and …

Pauline Mutungi – Doing Business and Raising a Family in Kibera

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Pauline is mother and a businesswoman living in Kibera, Nairobi. As a businesswoman, Pauline has been working with Kijiji Cha Upendo since 2015, participating in their livelihoods training, micro-loans program, and Village Savings and Loans meetings.  At the beginning of 2016, she took out a loan from Kijiji Cha Upendo for 10,000 Kenyan Shillings (~$130), which she used to buy …

From Kampala to Kibera!

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Post by CAP Network Intern in the Field – Christine Stenton I was recently lucky enough to be sent to Nairobi for a week to work with Kijiji Cha Upendo, a community-based organization and partner to the CAP Network located in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. This was a particularly exciting task for me since Kijiji Cha Upendo’s creators have been friends …

2015, A focus on orphans

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My friend Grace (not pictured here) takes care of 16 children, all orphans, all her brothers’ and sisters’ children, as well as her own children. She has been on her own now for over a decade since loosing her husband. Grace is HIV + and thankfully ARVs came around when they did for her. We’ve been friends for 15 years …