- Founding: Mwamko was formed in 2006 when 25 families in Korogocho slum came together to create a pathway for themselves to decent and safe housing away from the slum.
- The name: Mwamko is an acronym for Mwito Wa Makao Korogocho, which loosely translates to “a call for better homes for the people of Korogocho”.
- The Membership: The group is religiously and tribally diverse and consists of 25 families, with 180 family members between them.
- Finances: Members of Mwamko have monthly meetings and make monthly contributions of KSh.500 (about £4) each.
- Transparency: Records are kept to keep track of how much each household has contributed, as there are months when some of the members are unable to afford to make a contribution due to fluctuating incomes.
- Governance: Mwamko is led by a committee, whose members are elected every three years.
- Professional Background: Most of the founding members of Mwamko have no formal employment. A majority are street sellers, casual labourers and some run shops/stalls.
- Location: The Altaawon Trust (AT) provides office facilities and helps with the administration cost of the Mwamko Housing Initiative.
Faces of Mwamko
Meet a few of the individuals whose lives are being transformed through our work towards enabling Mwamko Families secure decent and safe housing.