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Capitalism in My City

The Mathare Social Justice Centre has partnered with Africa Is a Country to produce a series of posts and videos to document everyday capitalism in Nairobi. The project is funded via the Shuttleworth Fellowship awarded to Sean Jacobs.

In the second video from our Capitalism In My City project, Dennis Esikuri talks to everyday Nairobians about the current employment opportunities in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In the first video from a series for the Capitalism In My City project, Brian Mathenge decodes what everyday capitalism looks like from the margins of Nairobi.

Drug use among young people in Nairobi's slums is on the rise. Youth also face arbitrary arrests by the police, resulting in jail time which turns them into hardcore criminals in a vicious cycle.

I’ve lived a good part of my life in Mathare 4A, part of the larger Mathare slum in Nairobi. Decent housing remains a pipe dream for the majority of the city's residents.

How is it that water flows freely and cheaply in Nairobi's wealthy neighborhoods, but thousands of people in informal settlements are denied access to it?

Members of the Capitalism In My City project reflect on the commodification of education in Kenya.

Ubinafsishaji wa huduma ya afya nchini Kenya.

In Kenya, only the rich and politically connected can afford decent healthcare. Everyone else is a major illness or a road accident away from ruin.

Vijana masikini wa jiji la Nairobi wanachukuliwa kama wahalifu kwa ajili ya vurugu za mfumo ambazo zinawanyima ajira, haki na uhuru.

How poor urban youth in Nairobi are criminalized by systemic violence that denies them jobs, justice, and freedoms.

Tunaanza uchambuzi wetu kuhusu ubepari jijini Nairobi tukiuliza: Je, kuna kitu kama mshahara mzuri siku hizi?

We start our project on capitalism in Nairobi by asking: Is there such a thing as a decent wage anymore?