Photography, film production and community projects in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya
These trolleys are used all over Kenya by ordinary people to transport goods – often they use main roads and are intermingled with the traffic – much to the annoyance of the drivers! Often people write proverbs or other statements on the bumpers of their trolleys and vehicles. “Set Me Free” is a wish that many of the people of Mathare share.
The Mwelu Foundation is a youth project based in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. We use photography and film production to document our lives and communicate our problems - and our hopes - to the wider world. We have set up a library and are taking positive steps to improve our livelihoods by building essential life skills. Through our initiatives we also hope that we can begin to displace the myth that slums like Mathare are dead-end places with no potential or home-grown talent.
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