Kibera Fashion Incubator Sustainability Project
CWA is committed to enhancing community resilience and sustainability in Kenya's urban environment. This community development mission has spanned a decade and has sent project teams into Nairobi's informal settlements. Colloquially known as slums, these sprawling neighborhoods of tin shacks and dirt alleys are home to nearly 70% of the Nairobi population, a number that is expected to rise in the coming years. Slum dwellers lack basic public services, such as clean water, sanitation, or electricity, and live without the security of land tenure. Despite these challenges, residents are finding innovative ways to improve their lives and lives of their community.
Nairobi's slums are home to a budding informal economy. This economic sector was largely overlooked in the past, but new research has shown the informal economy to be an area of growth and poverty reduction. Known in Kiswahili as Jua Kali, an honorable term for informal workers, these male and female entrepreneurs are developing products and services to be used within Kenya's vast informal economy.
Through collaboration with local residents, leaders, and organizations, Cross World Africa Inc. has developed The Fashion Incubator Sustainable Project, with the express purpose of bolstering entrepreneurship in the Nairobi Slums.
The Fashion Incubator Sustainability Project (FIPS) is a collaboration between CWA and the YMCA of Kibera, one of Nairobi's largest slums. FIPS will support a continue to develop a fashion entrepreneurship curriculum within the YMCA central's school within Kibera. This curriculum will teach and provide students with the technical skills needed to design and sketch patterns for clothing.
The long-term goal of the project is to provide the YMCA central school with the facilities and tools it needs to have its students create and sell their own designs and clothes. Thanks to our gracious donors and incredible volunteers, this vision is being set into motion.