Since beginning in 2004, over 18 bio centres have opened in Kibera alone.
This map below shows many of their locations and read more to learn about the operations of them.
Built in 2007, it is located in Katwekera Sarang’ombe. It is the collective work of 5 different community groups: Jasho Letu, Mapambano, Bidii Yetu, Mama Okinda, and Multi Vision. Each month it earns roughly 95,000 /= with daily users of somewhere between 600 and 1,000 people. With 2 floors, activities include toilets, bathrooms, hall for hire, library, office space, a cybercafé, kitchen with biogas stoves, and water vending.
Closely following Tosha I in 2007, this bio centre is located nearby in Soweto West and is the vision of the Nyaharwa Self-help Group. This bio centre sees approximately 50 daily users and earns around 15,000 /= monthly. A smaller bio centre than Tosha I, activities include toilets, bathrooms, hall for hire, housing for the caretaker, and a biogas powered kitchen.
Tosha II falls under the same umbrella organization as Tosha I but is owned solely by women. It opened in 2009 in Katwekera East. Smaller than previous ones, Tosha II averages 30 users each day and earns approximately 9,500 /= each month. The bio centre has toilets, bathrooms, housing for rent, and a biogas kitchen.
Another bio centre associated with Tosha I, Muvi was founded by the Multi Vision Self Help Group and built in 2009. Just a short walk from Tosha I it can be found in Katwekera Sarang’ombe. Daily users fluctuate between 150 and 300, with monthly earnings averaging 45,500 /=. Community members have access to toilets, bathrooms, football match screenings, a hall for hire, and a kitchen with biogas stoves.
Also opening in 2009, this centre was founded by one of the original groups to create Tosha I, Jasho Letu. It is also located in Katwekera Sarang’ombe. Daily users are around 350, with monthly earnings averaging around 28,500 /=. Not only does the biocentre have toilets, bathrooms, a hall for fire, and an outside kitchen, it also has a pond nearby for sustainable fish farming. Additionally, it serves a nearby health centre and assisted in implementing a housing project for the community.
A smaller bio centre, Bunkers was opened in 2009 in Makina Ward near Kibera DC. There are roughly 30 daily users and a monthly intake of 3,800 /=. The center is a ground floor structure and provides toilets, bathrooms, and water vending.
This bio centre was established by a youth group involved in performing arts. KIDYOT stands for the Kibera Kids Youth Organization, which opened the bio centre in 2010 in Katwekera. Currently, there are about 300 daily users with the centre bringing in 50,000 /= each month. With 2 floors, the centre has toilets, bathrooms, rehearsal halls, a biogas kitchen, offices for hire, and a space to show football matches. The group also provides a bodaboda program and loans for school fees for community members.
With a goal of bringing together different ethnic groups following the 2007 election, Nicofeli Youth Club opened this bio centre in 2011 in Kianda, Kibera. There are approximately 125 daily visitors to the centre with monthly earnings upwards of 38,000 /=. The bio centre includes toilets, bathrooms, a library, a hall for hire, and a kitchen with a major focus on providing for the kids of the community through books and empowerment programs.
Stara Peace Women Organization opened this bio centre in 2010 in Kichinjio. The number of daily users fluctuates often, but the bio centre usually earns 43,000 /= each month. Beyond the normal toilets, bathrooms, offices, and hall for hire, the bio centre is home to a Posho mill as well as a local farm for community members.
This bio centre is actually a part of Mashimoni Primary School and serves the school children as well as community members. It opened in 2010 in Laina Saba. There are about 150 daily users and it earns roughly 8,200 /= monthly. It has toilets, bathrooms, offices, and a hall for hire. Additionally, one of the community group members runs a day care for local kids.
Lindi Usafi Group opened this bio centre in 2011 in Lindi Ward in Kibera. Although there are only 30 daily users, the centre still earns more than 11,000 /= on a monthly basis. The bio centre has toilets, bathrooms, a hall for hire, as well as a nursery school during the week.
Tosha I Bio Digester
Located in Gatwekera, this small bio centre was opened by a few members from the original Tosha I centre. It opened in 2012 as a small ground floor facility serving 60 daily users and earning 4,500 /= monthly. The bio centre houses toilets and bathrooms.
This bio centre opened in 2012 in Laini Saba. There are roughly 100 daily users, earning the community group 42,000 /= each month. The bio centre houses toilets, bathrooms, a hall for hire, and offices and the community organization has a strong culture of savings and investments.
Opening its doors in 2012, Mwanzo Mpya is located in Laini Saba and serves 120 users each month and earns 6,250 /= monthly. The bio centre is home to toilets and bathrooms.
Directly connected to a church, this bio centre, located in Silanga, serves both churchgoers and community members. There are 60 daily users and the bio centre has monthly savings of over 9,500 /=. The bio centre has toilets, bathrooms, and a hall for hire.
This centre is seen as a champion of peace and community cohesion. Located near the District Commissioner’s offices as well as the police headquarters, this bio centre sees high volumes of traffic. Opened in 2013, there are more than 500 people who use the bio centre and it has monthly earnings of 45,000 /=. There are toilets, bathrooms, a biogas kitchen that serves the police camp, rental rooms, offices, and a hall for hire. This bio centre is also home to Umande Trust’s Kibera headquarters.
One of the more recent editions, this bio centre is located in Mugumoini and opened in 2013. It is connected to St. Christine School. Mainly providing services for the school, the monthly earnings are over 3,200 /=. The bio centre has toilets, bathrooms, a biogas kitchen, rooms, offices, and a hall for hire.