Sign up to receive updates

Select a story


Making a living as a clothes washer in Kibera slum has been less than rewarding for Alice (39), financially or spiritually.

The meager wage she received and the inconsistency in work left the bulk of the responsibility on her husband’s shoulders. The only way he’s been able to find work is serving as a laborer-for-hire in the industrial area of Nairobi, quite a ways outside the slum, which has been crippling for the couple as they raise their three children.

Since joining the Konjo shoe project in February of 2010, Alice has seen her life changed – both physically and spiritually. She appreciates the job security that comes with working for the shoe project and she embraces the opportunity to use her hands to create something substantive and dignifying (as opposed to wringing clothes and fetching water). She views her greatest blessing of all, however, is being able to meet the needs of her children.

She aspires to return to her hometown of Homa Bay and empower other women with the skills she acquired through the Konjo shoe project.


Alice, who formerly made a living as a clothes washer, joined the Konjo shoe project in February of 2010.