Soweto

at a glance

The Kayole Soweto slum traces its origin to 1976, when President Jomo Kenyatta ordered to relocate the people from Embakasi (where current military barracks stand near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport). The Nairobi City Council and military surveyors planned the settlement with social spaces like a market, a school, and a hospital before the dwellers were brought in between 1978-79. In 1981, people from Kwa Gitau moved to Soweto after an in­fluential politician grabbed their land. There are over 8,000 house structures with an average of two rooms of ten by ten feet. Common building materials are timber and iron sheets with cement floor. There are few stone houses, mainly occupied by the structure-owners. Earning up to US$3 per day, most residents engage in casual unskilled and semi-skilled jobs, or self-employment in small-scale enterprises. A few are in formal employment, and unemployment and crime are major concerns in the area.

location

Properties

Schools

Kahawa Baptist Academy

Food & Drink

Karibu Chapati

Medical

Kahawa Medical Centre

Daycare

Entertainment Joints

Kahawa Medical Centre

Swimming Pool

Kenyatta university swimming pool

Kid play Areas

Police Stations

KM Police Station

Grooming Spots

Transportation

Religious Centres

AIPCA Church

Thrift Stores

Garages

Art Centres

Conferencing Facilities

KUCC Interaction Hall

Banks

Co-op Kwa Jirani Regina Wanjiku Migwi

Grocery Markets

Best Prices Store Supermarket

Service Stations

Njemaki Petrol Station

Fitness

Jacaranda Drill -Fitness Studio & Gym

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