Kadra Abdi, Kijiji Cha Upendo Children's Project

Kibera, Kenya: Kadra’s Story

Kadra Abdi is a mother of two and caregiver of four in Kibera, Kenya. She is one of 30 families participating in the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project(KCU). Swahili for “Village of Love”, this program cares for 30 families and 140 children. It does so by not only helping caregivers pay for their children’s school […]

Zuhura – Cooking up education

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. […]

Recycled Handicrafts – a new sustainable boost to caregivers livelihoods

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. […]

Art in the Village of Love

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 Children Speak

In this wonderful video the children of our Kenya partner – the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project – share their thoughts on the importance that education is having in their lives, and reflect on how different their current and future realities would be if it weren’t for the support they are receiving. Enjoy!

Kibera Sustainable Businesses

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 […]

Eyes open, heart full in Kibera

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. […]

Pauline Mutungi – Doing Business and Raising a Family in Kibera

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), […]

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