This Young Kenyan Designer Is Making Masks for East Africa’s Largest Informal Settlement

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Home to approximately half a million people, Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, is East Africa’s largest informal settlement. Overcrowded and underfunded, the community is faced with hardship and poverty. Even still, there’s a resourceful spirit about this working-class neighborhood that makes it a dynamic creative hub. “It’s more of a privilege to be born here,” says David Avido, a 24-year-old fashion designer. “If I was born in a posh place, I wouldn’t know myself the way I know myself now.” Raised by a single mother, he operates out of a four-room house on the outskirts of Kibera, about a 25-minute walk from his childhood home that is deeper into the settlement.[…]

Kenyan Designer Is Making Masks