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Carolina for Kibera exists to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty in the informal settlement of Kibera located in Nairobi, Kenya. We combine service with responsible research to inform and assist participatory development in Kibera and other informal settlements globally.

Talent is universal
opportunity Should Be Too

Our Work

Why Kibera?

As the world’s population increasingly leaves rural areas for cities, sprawling settlements like Kibera grow at unprecedented rates. Kibera is one of the most densely populated urban settlements in the world. An untold number of people, possibly as many as 500,000, crowd a 632-acre area outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

In this small, crowded community, residents struggle to meet basic needs — daily meals, clean water, adequate housing. Gender inequality, limited access to education, ethnic violence, and a lack of jobs further impede individual and community progress.

How are we different?

At our core, we believe that community problems require local solutions run by local leaders. We partner with the community of Kibera to create sustainable, positive solutions. We work alongside committed local leaders to champion change and join with people who believe in a better future for Kibera.

Poverty shapes whole communities for generations. The best strategies for overcoming its effects and progressing towards a better future must come from within the community itself.