This project will build a craft production and display center in Kibera Slums, Nairobi - Kenya, where the artisans will have space to produce quality hand made craft.The Center will also act as a display place where potential customers will view and buy the artifacts.The Income from the sales will meet the basic needs of 300 families dependent on the artisans, and also help provide educational support for 1200 children living in these slum families.
The problem is the presence of scattered, congested and difficult -to-access craft production units for crafts produced by income generating community based self help initiatives in Kibra Constituency. A baseline survey carried out on a sample of 90 craft initiatives working from within the Kibera slums, revealed the following: Each operates individually 90 % wait upon the occasional visitor, to come and buy their wares. Most are exploited as they are desperate for the scant market.
The project will eliminate brokers who have been misusing the creativity of the slum dwellers, create a better marketing forum, and exposure to international markets.The project will result in increased sales of hand made craft, which will in turn lead to an increase in the income generated for 300 families.This increased income will help the target beneficiaries meet their own basic needs of food and nutrition, shelter and care, and save for family- development.
Over the long term, the project will help the slum dwellers able to live sustainable lives, and the incidence of poverty in the slums will be reduced by the increasing income in the families participating in the project. The community, with success , will initiate other income generating activities from the income created and saved from the sales of artifacts. Alcoholism and drug /substance abuse will be reduced in the target area as most of the youth will be absorbed into the project.