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City slum farmers: Youth mint good bread growing mboga in baskets - 6 days ago, 12:07

Joy Mutheu

The young men and women sweating it out on some tiny ‘farm’ squatting by a dusty road could easily pass for jokers.

But Kenyans, hailed as one of the most innovative and hardworking human resource in Africa, are famous for scratching on bare rock for a living. Many times, they strike gold.

Thus, whereas the capital city is believed to the home of white collar jobs, idle villagers upcountry would be surprised to learn that some Nairobians are minting good chapaa from soiling their hands, without even the benefit of a decent shamba.

Slum residents, most of them youths, have taken to urban farming as an alternative source of income, and they are doing just fine.

This relatively new venture has its roots in Mukuru kwa Ruben slum, but is fast sweeping through other areas including Kibera, Mathare, Dandora, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Korogocho and Baba Dogo.

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