While on assignment in Kenya, Nokero asked me to stop in and interview a couple of women that use Nokero solar light bulbs. My first day in Nairobi, Kenya I was instantly briefed on Kibera slum. Kibera is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is the largest slum in Africa. In fact, it’s one of the largest in the world with nearly one million dwellers. Long story short, it sounded like a very inhospitable and dangerous place. The definition of slum, according to Merrium-Webster dictionary, is: a densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and social disorganization.
Most of the dwellings are made of mud and are quite small, some sleep up to eight people, and the roofs are made of tin. The slum also lacks proper services likes schools, garbage removal and toilets. One latrine can be shared with up to 50 homes. This also means that electricity is lacking in most homes. Since most of the people living in Kibera make less than $2 a day, the possibility of paying for electricity is not something most people consider.
Upon arrival in Kibera, I was greeted by a few lovely people working with the local organization Asante Mama. On we went walking through the dirt streets and I did not get the overwhelming feeling that I was going to be ambushed or hurt. All the women that I interviewed were incredibly welcoming and chipper; as well as excited to share their stories. They all had one thing in common: Nokero solar light bulbs. Rather than me telling you about how the lights have helped them in multiple ways, let them tell you. I introduce you to Dalia, a mother and shopkeeper.