Kayole is a slum dwelling on the outskirts of Kenya's capital City, Nairobi, with a population of approximately 400,000 inhabitants. The primary ethnic group is Agikuyu with the most commonly spoken language is Kikuyu.
Employment is largely casual, low skilled labour, with some small business owners running kiosks. Urban slum residents typically earn up to KShs 200 per day (£1.36).
Families live in single room huts constructed from walls made of timber or brick, tin roof and cement floors.
The most common cause of child mortality is diarrhoea due to lack of access to clean water, coupled with poor faecal and waste disposal. Common health problems in this area include malaria, upper respiratory tract infections, HIV/AIDS, colds and waterborne diseases.
The regional diet consists of maize (corn), beans, bread, fish and rice. The cost of piped water in Kayole is between 2 and 200 KShs (1p and £1.36) per 20 litre container of water.
The community of Kayole needs educational materials, employment opportunities and income-generating activities.
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