She's one of the only women to pilot a 'matatu,' the minibus taxis that keep Nairobi moving

Katie G. Nelson
Public Radio International

Before dawn breaks over East Africa, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans begin their daily commute into Kenya’s traffic-laden capital, Nairobi. Most get to work by packing themselves into garishly painted minibuses known as “matatus.”

Known for their dangerously aggressive drivers, matatus are not just a cheap and fast means of transportation — they are a way of life in Kenya. And they’re also a subculture that is almost completely owned and operated by men.

Almost, that is. Because of Margaret Wairimu.

Video by Katie G. Nelson
Editing by Anne Bailey