Resilience and Entrepreneurship in The Makeshift Markets in Kenya
New arrivals get a shack and minimal food aid, administered by non-governmental organizations and the United Nations, in cooperation with the Kenyan government. Savvier residents barter their way to greater food security. And a small number—most of whom came from greater means in their home countries, and can afford to buy wares from wholesalers in the region—operate profitable makeshift cafes, general stores, movie theaters, and barbershops.
What follows is a look inside the Kakuma settlement in Kenya, one of the oldest and largest refugee camps in the world.
There is a rented salon run by Furaha Susan from Congo. She works and lives in the camp, renting the original home she was given when she arrived in 2010.