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.

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


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


jua kali

/dʒʊə ˈkali/