About Kibera

Life in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, Kenya

  • The Kibera Slum of Nairobi houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass.
  • The people of Kibera live in an area the size of Central Park.
  • It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet.
  • Life expectancy in Kibera is 30 years of age compared to 50 years of age in the rest of Kenya.
  • Half of all Kiberians are under the age of 15.
  • 1 out of 5 children in Kibera do not live to see their fifth birthdays.
  • There is no running water to most homes in Kibera.  To obtain water, residents must purchase water from private vendors, paying two to ten times what is paid by a Nairobi resident outside the slums.
  • Kibera’s 1.5 million residents share 600 toilets, meaning that on average one toilet serves 1,300 people.
  • “In many parts of the world women are routinely beaten, raped, or sold into prostitution.  They are denied access to medical care, education, economic and political power.  Changing that could change everything” — The New York Times Magazine
  • 66% of girls in Kibera routinely trade sex for food by the age of 16.   Many begin as early as age six.
  • Young women in Kibera Contract HIV at a rate 5 times that of their male counterparts.
  • Only 41 percent of boys and 32 percent of girls know that condoms are effective in preventing HIV transmission.
  • “Women’s empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality.  It increases the chances of education for the next generation.”  – United Nations Development Programme
  • Only 8% of girls in Kibera ever have the chance to go to school.
  • Educating a girl in places like Kibera means she will earn more, invest 90% of her earnings in her family, be 3 times less likely to become HIV positive, and have fewer, healthier children more likely to live past age 5.


Amnesty International made an incredible video that depicts life for women in Kibera (www.amnesty.org):