The Invisible Laborers of Kampala

The Invisible Labourers of Kampala speaks to the plight of women in the informal sector of Kampala, following the stories of Florence, Gloria, and Consolata forging a livelihood as women street vendors in the city, confronted by the city authority’s duty to modernize Kampala.

Uganda’s labor force participation is among the highest in the world, with 84% of the population being economically active. The scarcity of job opportunities in Uganda has led the emergence of a bulging un-employed or under-employed and under-productive workforce of young men and women. Many of them are forced to take up work in the informal sector, in jobs that are precarious and poorly remunerated, with little access to social protection.

Despite its precarious nature, informal work represents an important lifeline for many of those who participate.