Women in Africa’s Largest Urban Slum Are Knitting Their Way out of Poverty

Women in Africa’s Largest Urban Slum Are Knitting Their Way out of Poverty

Welcome to Africa’s largest urban slum: Kibera. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, it’s home to more than 250,000 people who reside in a sprawl of makeshift homes and earn less than $1 per day; 40 percent of the population is under the age of 19.

But for clothing designer Ava Darnell, Kenya is a place she has known and been fond of since visiting for the first time with her activist parents at the age of four, and Kibera is now the home base for her ethical fashion line, Slumlove Sweater Company. The brand sells unisex handknit sweaters and accessories made by Kiberan women, and every purchase provides fair wages, scholarships for kids’ education, and increased access to health care for residents.

 

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By |2015-11-29T23:14:49+00:00November 29th, 2015|Categories: employment|Tags: |Comments Off on Women in Africa’s Largest Urban Slum Are Knitting Their Way out of Poverty

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