The initiative was founded 2010 during a two years stay of Maria Illing from Germany in Kenya, where she became friends with Damaris Mbulwa “Mamma Afreeka” and her family.

They lived in Mathare, the oldest Slum of Nairobi. Maria experienced firsthand the difficult lives of a group of women living in the slums. Together they worked to improve the living conditions of these women and their families.

Provisionally the wish arose to rehabilitate these families to their own land in the countryside and therefore enabling them to live a healthier lifestyle with a better standard of living.

Our collective the Mamma Afreeka CBO is registered officially in Kenya.


Our diverse African cultures result in a rich spectrum of skillfully hand crafted items. You can buy them from us for a fair trade price.

Regenerative energies & sustainable technologies

We are investing in sustainable energy production and organic dynamic farming. Ecological seeds, solar-cookers and lighting systems were our first steps but also biogas, wind energy, irrigation methods and much more technologies are needed for a holistic energy solution. Be our business partner or share with us your knowledge about regenerative energies and other technologies that strengthen alternative sustainable ways of living.


To give needy families from informal settlements (slums) the chance to shift from the urban slum to their own lands, in order to enable them to live a positive prospective life on their lands.
  • To make it possible for the children to experience a more peaceful and healthier childhood and thereby to create a grounded grown-up human being in future society.
  • The family to gain independence through a (new-) start help and school sponsorships.
  • To foster self-reliance, growth and progress in the Kenyan society through individual support for vulnerable mothers, initiating eco businesses with renewable energies on the countryside.
  • Maintain the cultural values and spread cultural knowledge and respect cross-generationally by supporting elderly persons in the communities.
  • To build inter-cultural and social bridges through volunteer stays, which are contributing towards the evaluation of the project and the requisition of the family's needs.
  • Families in the slums still live in inhumane circumstances. For decades homeless, and often jobless migrants, have moved into the already over-populated slums of Nairobi from the countryside hoping to find a better life. By donations and other activities like hosting voluntary fundraising events such as charity runs, flea markets, providing corporate funding, simple creativity or volunteer work in Kenya you can help directly. The initiative is based on the principles of voluntarism and common public interest for the community from the grassroots so no administration expense arises.
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