Definition of jua kali in English:

jua kali


  • mass noun, usually as modifier (in Kenya) small-scale craft or artisanal work, such as making tools or textiles.

    • ‘Many Kenyans work in what is called the jua kali sector, doing day labor in such fields as mechanics, small crafts, and construction.’
    • ‘One pertains to the mode of production known in Kenya as jua kali, or "hot sun."’


Kiswahili, literally ‘hot sun’ (referring to the outdoor nature of the work).


jua kali

/dʒʊə ˈkali/