When we started working in Kenya in 2014, very little was being done for people with disabilities. The lack of local knowledge and resources meant that very few people had access to the wheelchairs they badly needed, and the absence of rehabilitation services meant that even people who could have had a chance at mobility were left immobile and isolated within their communities.

There was also a serious lack of job opportunities for wheelchair users, in part due to the stigma surrounding disability in this area.

In 2018, we opened our first-ever Wheelchair Assembly & Repair Centre in Nanyuki, Kenya, which has enabled us to invest in a local team of 17 employees, five of whom are wheelchair riders and our past beneficiaries. In just two years, we have become the leading wheelchair provider in Kenya. Today, we have a growing waiting list of 2,000 adults and 900 children in need of a wheelchair, and we receive new requests every day.

Our Centre enables a consistent, lower-cost supply of wheelchairs into the East African region, allowing us to lower beneficiary waiting times and provide repairs, modifications and follow-up services. By receiving chairs unassembled and assembling them locally, we save considerable costs on shipping into Kenya and enable our product offering to grow and adapt to changing needs and innovations in wheelchairs.

At our Centre, we also provide rehabilitation to children with mobility disabilities and training programmes to their carers.

About Kenya
% living below poverty line43.4
Our work
Year started working2014
Number of distributions25
Lives impacted

This number is based on UCP Wheels for Humanity’s multiplier, which takes the birth rate in each country and estimates that one wheelchair impacts the beneficiaries life in full, 0.75% of his or her primary caregiver’s life and 0.25% of the surrounding family members’ (siblings) lives.

Number of chairs distributed7,655
Rehabilitation Centre1
Wheelchair Assembly line1


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