Kondele market sits beside Kondele roundabout in Kisumu. It is considered informal by the government who are trying to evict the traders.
Richard Odhiameo is a Coca Cola trader and distributor having started his own business in Kondele. For Richard it is important that he is located by the road side to conduct his business. After meeting the city planner he was told that Kondele will soon be evicted. He fears his structure will be broken in the relocation process.
Charles Odugu sells charcoal in Kondele market. The location is beneficial as Kondele is a residential area with many local people and he has managed to build a strong network of regular customers. Charles worries about the future as there are fears of relocation, they have already told them that they will need to be moved.
Dorothy, a Luo trader was forcibly relocated from Oile market. After the its destruction, Dorothy found herself at the adjacent Jubilee market. Dorothy is now supporting thirteen children, many foster children from other family members who have passed away.
Clothing traders at Jubilee market.
Teresa began trading at Jubilee market in 1982 where her daughter, sister, and niece are also working. For Teresa business isn’t as good as it used to be due to the traders who were forcibly evicted from nearby Oile market being accommodated in Jubilee where there is inadequate space.
Kondele market from above.
The market master of Kondele is responsible for managing the market, allocationg spaces and collecting revenue.
Mildred is a widow living in Kisumu with one child. Mildred was able to establish a successful business until 2012 when she left Kisumu in order to take care of her son. After her son’s death, Mildred returned to Kisumu where her friend helped her secure a space in the market.
Mildred has successfully rebuilt her trading networks at Kondele, and is now the secretary of her savings and loans group. Her aspirations are to own a shop and to build a home for her and her daughter.
Rose moved to Kondele having been evicted from Oile market. Business is not good compared to Oile, but “at least here we can get our daily bread”.
Dried tilapia from Lake Victoria - a common delicacy
Anna (right) is a farmer who comes to sell her produce at Kondele where she has been selling vegetables for 10 years. If she could trade anywhere she would trade in town at Jubilee where she thinks she could sell her products for double.
Wilkista trades vegetables in Kondele market where she fear what will happen if she is evicted. “I am old, if we are moved I will just have to do business on my doorstep, but there won’t be as many customers” “After requesting to the city manager to stay, we were told that we would need to be broken up".
Kondele from above
Master Yosfat was at the evicted Oile market, and is in a panic as this market is likely to be moved too. Since he was evicted from Oile he has faced many challenges, he has lost many customers who he had when he was in town. “What we need is stability, not to be moved again”.
Florence Auma Othuon is a widow living with her three children. She became a trader when her mother got sick and had to help her in the market. On the subject of the upgrading of the market, she agrees that improvements are necessary but there needs to be adequate temporary space within the town.
Her aspirations are for her children to get good jobs, such as being a doctor.
As the third largest city of Kenya, Kisumu is recognised as a key metropolitan area for its contribution to the national economy. Markets have always been important for Kisumu due to its proximity to Lake Victoria giving it a strategic location in the East African region.
Kisumu is undergoing rapid development, with the formation of urban plans envisaging its transformation into a more efficient, productive and market-led global city through its modernisation, beautification and infrastructure improvement. Even though markets are central to the city, informality continues to be an issue in planning processes. Despite their value to the city economy, informal areas are seen as hindering the modernisation of Kisumu.
These images document traders in two markets that are being affected by planning processes. The ‘formal’ Jubilee Market has been targeted for infrastucture upgrading, while traders at the ‘informal’ market at Kondele will likely be displaced.