Rainy Season in Kibera

A man walks along a swollen river in Kibera. The annual “long rains,” which run from March through April, can make life in the slum exceedingly difficult. Photo credit: Jason Patinkin

Paul Kivitu sells umbrellas from a wooden shack near Kibera, and with the height of the rainy season pummeling the sprawling slum, business is booming.

“I sell fifteen a day for 250 shillings ($3 USD) each,” he told me as we cowered under his big blue-and-white umbrella, rain thundering onto the pavement around us. In total, he brings in roughly $45 USD a day. Not bad for a neighborhood where it takes the average resident a full day to earn enough to buy a single umbrella.

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