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Back in 1997, Eastleigh Business District Association (EBDA) then known as Eastleigh Business Community was established with the objective of championing the interests of the business community in Eastleigh. At that time, businessmen of Somali origin who formed the bulk of the entrepreneurs were faced with a mirage of problems including those resulting from their status as refugees in Kenya subjecting them to all manners of injustices.

The EBC lobbied with the government to facilitate acquisition of alien ID’s by Somali refugees, entitling them to access decent housing and jobs among other basic requirements. It also set out to address the issue of improvement of infrastructure by relevant authorities (local Government, Nairobi County Council, Road Authorities etc) In 2000, The Eastleigh Business Community (EBC) renamed itself Eastleigh Business District Association (EBDA).

Two years later (2002) Eastleigh Business District Association’s endless lobbying has seen the transformation of the estate’s infrastructure and economy. Eastleigh now boasts of 24 hours economy, decent roads and modern malls. This has seen Eastleigh seen as the business hub of Nairobi and East Africa as a whole. The EBDA enjoys a great bargaining power at both the national and local government level since the Eastleigh market alone contributes 35% of Nairobi County’s revenue which is also a significant percentage of the country’s revenue.