Revitalizing an Urban Slum with 800,000 people in it, will not be easy and that is exactly what Kibera is in Nairobi, Kenya. The Nairobi city officials state that they are illegal settlements and they want them gone. But a plan has been floated by the Online Think Tank to tear down these urban slums in Nairobi and simultaneously build them back up and make them economically viable with small businesses.
It has been theorized that mobile small business enterprises could work throughout the settlement and be funded with microloans to promote economic development. The businesses would be product and service businesses built on carts and the units could disperse themselves throughout the Kiberia area in a grid formation allowing several workers in each sector to serve the needs of the emerging consumers.
This will employ 1,000s of workers peddling wares, doing services or selling food items. These workers will in-turn have additional money to feed their families and maintain their health from the exercise of pushing the carts. This type of business enterprise or program also adds eyes and ears to the community to insure neighborhood policing and reporting back to the town-councils.
As things progress the needs of the consumers and the demand will also help in-town Nairobi businesses to make items that are desired and employ more people in the city, including those who need jobs in Kibera and other slum areas throughout. Of course for those who wish to leave the slums they will have a way out if they are willing to work hard and learn how to work smart.
This also provides a stepping stone from poverty to middle class Kenya. Eventually the businesses will become more elaborate with local-branding in Kibera and the slum areas. For instance the push cart businesses will expand and improve image, with uniforms and emerging brands. Eventually each town-center will have a sub-Chamber of Commerce, which will be part of the Kibera Branch of the Nairobi City Chamber of Commerce; this will further improve the chances of Nairobi Business Investment into the Kibera and Re-vitalized areas.
It will further encourage local banking relations and micro-loans into these depressed by emerging regions of Nairobi. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.