Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Where's the justice in this: squatters pay more for water

As I reveal in Shadow Cities, squatters in Kibera, Nairobi's largest mud hut community, pay as much as 20 times more for water than the city's well-to-do residents pay. For people who earn subsistance wages (some Kibera residents support their families on little more than a dollar a day), this is an outrage. It's good that the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is working with an informal collaborative of water kiosk owners to discuss ways to lower prices and improve quality.

Water vendors in Kibera

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