|About Kibera Paper|
Kibera Paper Card Project is a church based organisation. The project started in May 2001 at Kibera Slum. It was founded by Dr. Max Collision an Anglican Church Missionary from Australia. He was with a team of men(committee) from All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi. The project is located in the edge of Kibera Slum.
Kibera Paper is an ingenious solution that offers a living wage for fulfilling work. Local offices donate waste printed matter and this is pulped down, dyed and dryed, and transformed into beautiful handmade paper. The paper is used to create exquisite greetings cards which are designed by three in-house artists and made by our team of 22 craftspeople. We also provide work for a manager and a book-keeper. Those with young babies bring them to work; the older children attend school, some for the first time, because their parents can now afford the fees.
The project was started to assist the women who live in Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Nairobi; majority are widows. The women are engaged in making handmade cards from waste papers.They recycled the papers and produce cards, by selling the cards they earn some income.Helping them to escape from some of the extreme problems of urban poverty. The Project started with 6 women and now has grown to accomodate 24 women who make cards.
To see the transformation of the poorest members of the informal settlement in Kibera, through a programme of sustainabled development. As the women learn pratical skills to improve their living they can also experience God's love and healing from their difficult past.
To teach the women the skills that allow them to earn an income, helping them provide or themselves and families.