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Photograph of market scene: man sitting in front of hundreds of containers and buckets for sale

If it is one thing that I have learned during my time in Kenya, it is that one can sell absolutely everything. I am no longer throwing out empty bottles, milk containers, plastic bags, used paper, cartons, crown caps etc… as some of the less affluent Kenyans I know are happily taking my ‘trash’ to get some money for it in the market.

‘Recycling’ is not something that people have to be coaxed into for environmental reasons as in richer parts of the world. Here it’s a necessity and the most natural thing to do, given the striking poverty in the country. And, yeah, the gentleman in the above picture is not selling ‘trash’ but high in-demand items for the average Kenyan. Although the richer parts of the capital Nairobi – with large ‘fat cats’ and expat communities – might suggest otherwise, and despite the country’s impressive economic growth in the past few years, Kenya remains among the world’s 30 poorest countries.



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  1. September 13, 2013

    ein fantastisches Foto! herzliche Grüße aus Berlin

  2. September 7, 2013

    An incredible sense of order! And you’ve shown him amazing respect. Lovely.

  3. September 7, 2013

    Fantastic photo! So much going on in the photo but I’m drawn to look around.

  4. September 4, 2013

    Very nice image. Color works very well here.

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