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Jamarose Onyango is the treasurer for the SIA merry-go-round savings group. She told us this summer that she used to just stay at home all day and now she is happy to have a business to tend to.

Business is Booming in Nairobi

I wrote a few weeks ago about adapting to the challenges of starting small businesses in the slums of Nairobi. Slums are crowded spaces with temporary structures that people live in permanently. And they are also places brimming with shops, stalls, and roadside hawkers. This week Wambui Nguyo, our local coordinator in Nairobi, sent an […]

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A boy, a son of a SBF partner, plays with a tire, running and pushing it along the courtyard of Josephine's compund in Korogocho.

Learning to work in the city

What’s your image of where people live in Kenya? In crowded, polluted slums? In huts on savannahs? Even though about two-thirds of Kenyans live in rural areas, more than 1.5 million people live in informal settlements around Nairobi. Spirit in Action works with partners in the slums, in the rural areas, and in emerging “in-between […]

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What is an OFSP??

OFSP? Orange flesh sweet potato. Or, as I call them, those vegetables that are really tasty baked and topped with butter! While I’m used to the orange variety of sweet potatoes in North America, in Africa the white or yellow sweet potatoes are much more common. They taste similar but the white and yellow varieties […]

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How do you improve education in Nairobi slums?

I left our meeting with the grassroots organization Progressive Volunteers feeling very optimistic. As I sat in their office in Nairobi, Kenya in July, they told me that the name Progressive Volunteers doesn’t just reflects that the local volunteers (including the PV staff) are helping other people progress. It’s also because “when you are making change […]

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A morning in Korogocho

We started out at 7:30am. Cruising down the freeway (thankfully against traffic) with Christian Swahili radio blasting and windows closed tight to keep out the overwhelming clouds of black exhaust coming from the packed buses. This is Nairobi, Kenya and my husband, Boyd, and I were on our way to the Korogocho slum with SIA’s […]

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