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Pilot Project 2007

In the summer of 2006, landscape architecture and urban planning students from the Harvard Design School paired up with students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the University of Nairobi, and community members to research the needs and physical conditions in the villages of Soweto East and Kambi Muru. Based on the findings of this research, we are now working on a pilot project that began July 2007. The initial idea is to design a “park” that can house community amenities and start to reactivate the few open spaces that do exist in Kibera. A crucial component is to generate, and sell at scale, a high quality compost fertilizer using a new barrel technology successfully used in other settlements around the world. By partnering with other slum communities and selling to rural farmers, this new park will generate income that can support the maintenance of physical improvements made along the river. It will also house a more environmentally-senstive form of toilet facility – an ecological sanitation toilet – than the traditional VIP latrine or more common pit latrine. These improvements will be funded upfront from a combination of donor support and microfinance loans.

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