Carrie Gates | February 4, 2016
In a dense Nairobi slum best known for its toxic garbage dump, the crowded streets are lined with roadside stands.
With no job prospects, residents’ best chance to eke out a living comes from selling foods and handcrafted goods at these tiny stalls.
Three assistant professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics—Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan, and Terence Johnson—are researching ways to help those entrepreneurs succeed and increase their income.
“About 60 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa run businesses,” Donovan said. “So, if you care about their welfare and you want to figure out how to improve their standard of living, one way to do it is to start with the jobs that they are doing and see how they can be improved.”