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Michel is a 44-year-old pastor and the training coordinator of the Kibera shoe project. Before joining the program in 2010, he was running a small kiosk where he sold basic groceries, while also spreading the Gospel in Kibera slum.

A little more than two year’s later, he’s reached a point where he’s able to train others in the skills he learned, so that they too might be able to provide for themselves and their families.

“I really enjoy teaching because it gives a chance to help the poor, the widows and the orphans pull themselves out of poverty and feel they can get somewhere in life.”

His wife and children are back in his hometown of Kisumu, where he hopes to eventually return and empower others there through similar economic empowerment initiatives.


Michel is not only a skilled Konjo shoemaker, but he now helps to train others new to the program.