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Stories behind Fashion Week at Africa's largest urban slum

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-01-09 21:04

There is nothing that Peter Pius has not done to survive the harsh life in Kibera, Kenya which is arguably Africa's largest slum. Tucked away in his tin house with a wooden floor and no electricity or running water is a deep freezer from where he hoped to sell cold water to Kibera residents. However, the lack of electricity meant that this business venture did not take off and the deep freezer lies idly in his shack.

Pius has tried his hand at different trades including garbage collection and water vending to no avail. Being a creative mind, he also makes art out of recyclable material but due to lack of connections, he has never sold his artwork.

As luck would have it, a fashion week event dubbed 'Kibera Fashion Week' was hosted in the slum in October last year and Pius got a chance to include his artwork in the fashion pieces that were exhibited at the event.

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