One of our founding tour guides, Cheddaz enjoys the opportunity to share his stories among travelers from across the world. Having raised himself in the streets since age of 9, music helped him to survive in the streets. He can teach you how to bargain for locally made products, clothes, and quirky souvenirs. An artist himself, Cheddaz aspires to open a studio for up and coming artists.
Kissmart loves to talk with people, exchanging ideas about how different people live throughout the world. He ended up in the streets at the age of 5. His street skills helped him survive in the streets. One of the most social of our tour guides, his future plans include helping the less privileged as a role model and community organizer.
In his “sweet 20s” Donga believes that in Nairobi, every street has its own stories. Brought up in the streets since 8, he enjoys taking travelers through the streets of downtown Nairobi as they remind him of where he has come from. Donga likes to play the guitar, and can show you through some of the city’s local music scenes
Mrembe, the captain, lived in the streets since age 7. He is a born leader and loves to inspire others, he was the captain of a football team. He enjoys meeting new people and sharing his stories. His passion for Football, poetry and acting brought him back to the right path.
Ndee tried to change many times and to stay away from crime. It was hard, but Nai Nami showed him a different path. He is now proud of showing his community that a person like him can change and create value for society. He aspires to be a role model and help others to move away from crime.
Mwas was born on the streets since his mom used to be homeless. Many different hustles helped him to survive. Nowadays, he is sharing his rough past with people from all over the world. When he is not on a tour, he really likes to enjoy life by shaking his belly to good Kenyan music. Also nice local food should not miss if he is around.
QwiQwi is always smiling and people like him for his charming attitude. Especially the kids who come for our tour immediately connect with him and don't want to leave him anymore.
"Nobody could show us the real Nairobi better than these former street children. Their touching and inspirational stories made it a city tour we’ll never forget. Thank you Donga, Cheddaz and Kissmart and all the best!" - ESTER & DANIEL (GERMANY)
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
During my professional career in the private sector, I was always looking for role models and mentors who could unlock my potential by making me aware of my skills. Never having found such a mentor, I started becoming this person myself, for younger colleagues, who were dealing with the same issue like me. I was not only successful by doing this, ironically I realised that this was my purpose. With Nai Nami, I want to apply this skill on a deeper level by unlocking the potential of youth who never had a chance in life.
CINEMATOGRAPHER, FILMMAKER & DIRECTOR
Timothy Mwaura is a cinematographer, director and the founder of FullFilmEnt Company in Nairobi, Kenya. Film has taken him across Africa to places he only dreamt of, schooling him on topics best understood in real time - while on set. This made him a master in creating documentaries in an artistic way whereby he is always following his true purpose: "Telling Human Stories Through Film."
Jon Duschinsky is a social innovator, whose accolades include a project with the White House on gun control and the viral Bucket Challenge, which raised more than 100 million USD to help cure ALS. He is founder of the think tank Invisible Hand and incubator Oreka Solutions.
BUSINESS OWNER &
Manuel has +15 years of experience dealing with multinational companies across various industries. He implemented processes and IT solutions in Europe, Asia and US. Besides running successfully his own B2B sourcing company Manuel also consults early stage tech startups.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO,
Roshan Paul is a former cricket journalist, whose transition to the social sector has been marked by his co-founding the Amani Institute. With many credentials in public policy and leadership, he is the author of Such a Lot of Work (2014) and Your Work Begins at No (2017).
Since I was a kid, I had lots of friends from slums. I loved their energy, out of box thinking and street skills. When I came to Nairobi and met these guys in Mathare, I felt a connection and wanted to work with them. With Nai Nami, I want to use my experience to help these guys achieve their dreams. I want to show that given the opportunity these youth have the potential to thrive.
MARKETING SPECIALIST &
Manuela has +8 years of experience in translations and publishing and +5 years in marketing and social media for brands like Pepsi, Ferrero and League of Legends. She's a researcher in Linguistic Anthropology and a fellow of the Social Innovation program at the Amani Institute.