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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Kenya: survey shows most slum families live below poverty line
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¬†Half the households in Nairobi's informal settlements are living on just over three US dollars a day according to a new survey. Twelve residents of informal settlements in Nairobi gathered evidence of the cost of living in their neighbourhoods every month during 2004. Their data were computed and analysed by Mugo Phares KÓrÓi, a researcher at the Economic Justice Programme of the Jesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi. The findings explore the expenditure patterns in households of four members and establish food poverty levels and overall poverty levels in Nairobi's informal settlements. In certain areas, up to 80 percent of the households lived below the food poverty line estimated at KShs 3 356.16 (US$ 45.08) per month. Almost half of these households lived below the absolute poverty line estimated at KShs 7 354.46 (US$ 98.79) per month (or about US$ 3.26 a day). The study also touches on the plight of urban residents in terms of water, housing, transport and health. The Nairobi Basic Needs Basket: Cost of a Basic Needs Basket in Twelve Informal Settlements, Nairobi - Kenya, 2004, by Mugo Phares KÓrÓi (Nairobi, 2005) is published by the Paulines Publications Africa and is available at the Catholic Bookshops of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda), Lusaka (Zambia) and Nairobi (Kenya) at KShs 220 (about US$ 3). A more extensive survey with data for 2005 in the same areas is awaited by the end of this year. For more information, e-mail:
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