Kilifi County is marked by tall coconut trees, flowers, and yards and yards of white walls made from coral stones. These stones come from various quarries, matimbo, as they are locally known, that dot the county.
Actually, there are as many quarries as there is land here, with some landowners abandoning farming to mine the stones from their land. It is in one of these quarries that a number of families flock as early as 6am to manually hedge out the stones. Wives accompany their husbands and string along their children, some as young as two-months old, hoping to chip their way out of poverty. Read more