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Our mission is to empower people to break out of poverty by providing them with the essential infrastructure they need to succeed.

Our mission is to empower people to break out of poverty by providing them with the essential infrastructure they need to succeed.

Your contributions go directly to our projects. Thank you for being a part of our journey and ensuring that Human Needs Project can help others for a long time to come!

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THE

PROBLEM

Worldwide, over a billion people live in slums. That number will double by 2030 (UN Habitat).

Life in slums is defined by lack of basic water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure. These conditions fuel rampant social and health problems and accelerate the vicious cycle of extreme poverty.

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THE  SOLUTION

We are pioneering a new model for integrated service delivery, a single platform combining the services and supports needed to thrive.

The Kibera Town Centre provides the essential infrastructure and social services to empower people to break out of poverty.

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WHO
WE ARE

We are a team of volunteers, innovators and local community members who are collaborating internationally to build environmentally and financially sustainable “town centres” in urban slums that provide opportunities for residents to realize their full potential and chart a path out of poverty.  Our active project is the Kibera Town Centre in Nairobi, Kenya which opened its doors in 2014.

OUR

MODEL

Traditional approach is scattered. Small projects with zero longevity. We are creating a long-term solution, an integrated service delivery that covers every basic human need service in one "town center". Our pilot project the Kibera Town Centre is managed and run by Kiberans who continuously ensure that we only offer services and products demanded by the local community. 

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The backbone of the Kibera Town Centre is a cutting-edge, independent, environmentally-friendly infrastructure, which powers affordable water, sanitation, and energy services. The physical infrastructure is overlayed with social services, allowing  the community to access opportunities and self-actuation through training in IT, Arts, Business, Clean Technologies, and more. 

FACILITY

LAYOUT

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SEE THE IMPACT

800

people accessing our services daily
at Kibera Town Centre on average
in 2019*

*2020 - 2022 DATA COMING SOON

34%

direct cost
recovery monthly
in 2019*

3,500

students graduated from our training academy courses
to date

1M+

customer transactions
since opening 2015

SERVICES OFFERED
AT KIBERA TOWN CENTRE

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CLEAN WATER

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CAFETERIA

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TOILETS
AND SHOWERS

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LAUNDRY

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CYBER LAB

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TRAINING ACADEMY

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MUSIC STUDIO

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PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

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SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOP

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HANDWASH STATIONS

RECENT INITIATIVES

Plastic Tap Installation, UNEA 5.2, Nairobi

A nearly 30 ft tall art installation created by international artist and activist Benjamin Von Wong was built by our team at Human Needs Project to be featured at UNEA 5.2, a global summit on environmental issues. This year's theme was Plastic Pollution, and the United Nations adopted historic resolution to end plastic pollution. 
 
The project was funded by a Web 3.0 community the Degenerate Trash Pandas. It provided 100 jobs to local women and utilized over 1 ton of plastics scavenged from Kibera. 

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

HOW WE DO IT

We believe that individuals living in slums deserve opportunities, not charity. Slum dwellers’ reliance on multiple, uncoordinated actors keeps them in survival mode, creating inefficiencies while undermining agency.

We are pioneering a new model for integrated service delivery, a single platform combining the services and supports needed to thrive.

Our cutting-edge green infrastructure powers the delivery of complimentary services at our Town Centre. As a non-profit social enterprise, HNP has customers, not beneficiaries, who purchase our affordable and high-quality offerings for themselves.

This model preserves individuals’ agency and reduces town centers’ need for donor investment over time.

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