While in Uganda, 64.7% of the population lives with less than 2U$D per day, the capital, Kampala, economical hub in East Africa with 3.5 Millions inhabitants acts as a powerful magnet which encourages rural exodus. Out of an urban population of 5.5 Millions people, experts consider that 3.5 Millions of Ugandans live in slums, with forecasts reaching 8 Millions in 2020, considering the growth rate of the slums, estimated at 5.32% by UN-Habitat.
Ignoring these vertiginous statistics describing a macro-economic aspect of the urban phenomena, the people struggle, adapt and try, on micro-economic level, to prove wrong the somber omens which condemn them to the poverty vicious circle. By using eco-friendly solutions, in their streets, their socially deprived areas, their back courtyards and in their work, hundreds of people strive to improve a life spent far from home region. Admittedly, the improvement of the standard of life play a role at the margins but daily upheavals may be foreseen coming out of it. In fact, a share of the new shown incomes may be used for the family children’s education, for some basic health expenses, to access to drinkable water or to buy food. Green Resilience in Kampala is a non exhaustive attempt to document this everyday genius, source of hope for the people and gentle to the planet.
So about poor families which, instead of spending nearly half of their income (0.8 U$D) to buy expensive charcoal to cook in small wasteful in energy ovens, produce some alternative fuel out of organic wastage. So about women who gather to buy a thrifty industrial oven and create a community bakery. So about the households which light their home with water and some bleach drops in a plastic bottle. Considering the micro stock breeders who discover that cow dung is a treasure. So about the artists who encourage the poorest to collect plastic that they buy to them in order to create some « recycled » pieces. So about a company which salvages glass bottle to make some decoration items sold to the wealthier sections of society…
During days, I looked for green solutions, shooting in different places some surprising distinct situations, following some occupations as varied as possible to « draft » a panorama. I did not want to confine to a single experience, a single action but I wanted to show that the sum of energies, of cheap independent actions and of willingness can instill an ecological mutation of which, on full-term, a megalopolis can benefit.