Project Description

I stayed in Kenya for 3 months in 2010 as part of JICA’s assignment. I spent almost 2 weeks in Loitokitok on the border of Tanzania. The remote town had no paved roads at all. Traders used draft animals to carry goods and foods to the markets, which was the place for people to get together. The town had different tribes. I saw Masai for the first time in my life. They guarded houses at night and used mobiles. They were much more modernised than I thought. I also visited the Kibera Slum, one of the largest slums in the world. Against my expectation, people were totally enjoying their lives there. Consumer price was lower, and they could get anything done in the community. The place looked like a huge informal economy rather than a slum that we usually imagined.