45,000 Awareness from Mukuru Documentary
25,000 Livelihoods impacted by Micro-Agriculture Project

500 in Focus groups + 100 Interviews for Research
480 Lives Empowered by Community Mosaic Project 

40 jobs created from value chain

12 Community Mosaics created in Mukuru

Your Success Begins with Us

Poverty Reduction

Who we are: 

Since 2012, YOD follows an autonomous, earth-friendly poverty reduction model that works for slum dwellers in Nairobi’s informal settlements. We focus on AGRICULTURE, ART, & ENTREPRENEURSHIP that further create value-chain jobs. Through produce cooperatives and community artistic expression, it is our mission to help residents of the informal settlements create a micro-economy that is self-reliant.  In essence, we create opportunities for the poor to earn income, eat healthy food and start small businesses.  

Poverty Reduction requires being in tune with politics, economics, foreign relations, trade, and the humanitarian goals of the United Nations (the Sustainable Development Goals - SDG's). Direct engagement with people in abject poverty is a must for solving problems. It calls for trust and critical thinking relative to cultural issues that intersect with development strategies.


When my team and I walk through the Informal Settlements (slums), we see urgent needs and develop programs for what we call "The New Frontier"programs that are autonomous, community-centered, and based on building authentic sustainability. 


We also provide research, translation, and assistance to large organizations interested in reaching the informal settlement communities of Nairobi.

Angela R. Pashayan, CEO and Dir. of Development - YOD International

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 We train slum dwellers in entrepreneurship ventures that serve their community. The goal is to shift from inconsistent income from outside-community gigs to steady income from within the community.


Urban farming in small spaces using vertical techniques is what works in the slums. Our micro-farm coop offers vegetables, eggs, and foul for consumption AND training to start for women, youth and persons with disabilities. The goals is to "green up" the informal settlements


 We foster common values through Community Mosaics created from recycled materials. The mosaics  instill pride throughout the informal settlements.

We support DIGNITY.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal:

It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill


22 M Street NE #401

Washington, DC 20002


Utumishi Cooperative House

5 fl., Wing B

Mamlaka Rd.

Nairobi  2252-00200


Tel: +1.415.400.9795

Email:  ap@yogaofdevotion.org

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