Resilience and Entrepreneurship in The Makeshift Markets in Kenya

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.


Maya Aluel Kur, from South Sudan, along with a group of photographers opened Dream Studio together. It took them 6 months to find the space because the market was so congested meaning you would have to wait for someone to leave. The space was formerly used for a cinema and had been empty for a few months because the former renter left, so they took the lease.


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.


A woman drinking coffee in G&Z Cafe, owned by Geda Gemechu Wadesso and his wife, Zenabu Agemja.



Images: © Carolyn Drake
Year: 2017
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