Mwari is a 30-something year old petite woman with a three year old child. Her only means of communication is through a mulika mwizi (basic cell phone) held together by rubber bands and constant prayer. Every Wednesday and Friday, Mwari makes a two-hour trip one-way to my home to wash and iron my clothes, and clean my home. Without her, my life would turn into chaos as the time she saves me is immeasurable compared to what she asks for as her salary. Mwari also does not have a national ID, and neither does she have a formal education.
Mwari is a member of Kenya's informal sector that makes up close to 83% of the entire employed population. Over 15 million Kenyans actively earn a wage in a number of unregistered professions, as this section of the economy is neither taxed nor formally monitored by any form of government, sporting an industry-wide increase of about 6% each year.