[In a self-directed portrait, Alex remembers life on the streets, where he once survived by collecting metal scraps.]

Chronic unemployment in Kenya leaves 68% of youth without a stable income.

What is the problem?

In the slums, young men and women struggle to find a source of income. Some youth sell their bodies, rob their neighbors, or are recruited by Al-Shabbab to launch grenades into neighborhood markets. The problem is worsening quickly as the slum population is expected to double by 2030. We are losing an entire generation of productive young talent.

Can we sit back and let the talents and ideas of this generation go to waste?

LivelyHoods is building a world where ambitious, talented and creative youth have the chance to earn an honest living, achieve their potential, and contribute to the economic development of their communities.