Background: Matopeni

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Village facts

  • The Matopeni community is located in the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi and is part of the Embaksi division, Kayole location, Matopeni slum. We are in the Eastlands of Nairobi along spine road Kayole.

  • The Matopeni people originated in the now industrialized areas around Nairobi.

  • Many of the men in the Matopeni village are involved in carpentry such as making timber beds, tables, chairs, stools, etc. Some make mosaics and collages, carve curios, tie dye, batik and make traditional ornaments which can be sold to tourists, at local hotels and also to the general community.

  • Matopeni is located an a highly populated area and the birthrate is on the rise. The approximate number of adults to children is 2:10 respectively.