Gujarati Creole in Kenya

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Most South Asian migrants to Africa came to British colonies like Kenya, just to the north of Tanzania, which was a German colony for a short while. Most of these migrants came either from western India's Gujarat state or from Punjab in India's north. They started by working on railroads, but Gujaratis have a tendency to rise above manual labor. When their contracts ran out, some started their own businesses in Kenya, while others moved south to what is now Tanzania to get a new start.

Gujaratis in South Asia have their own language, but the term Creole indicates a hybrid situation. South Asian Gujarati Creoles are mixed with the White population, and their language has strayed from the original Gujarati.

Where Are they Located?

Gujarati Creoles live in Kenya and Tanzania.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Over one million children are orphaned because of AIDS. Most likely the Gujarati Creole population is not as poor as Black African ethnic groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Gujarati Creoles are mostly Muslim. Operation World reports that the Muslim community is increasingly polarized between moderates and Islamists, the latter pressing for political influence and the establishment of separate Islamist courts. Witchcraft is widespread and permeates both Christianity and Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

Widespread systemic poverty affects the Gujarati Creole people, though some have been able to rise above their circumstances. They need help to establish and maintain schools, medical clinics, drinking water, and sanitation.

Although Scripture and some audio resources are in a language they might speak, they need someone to tell them about Christ. Will it be you, or someone you know?

Prayer Points

Pray for the Hindu Asians in Kenya and Tanzania to be given an interest in the creator God.
Pray they will be given faith to believe in God's Son Jesus, and that many will accept the gift of eternal life offered in His name.
Pray that there will soon be a Disciple-Making movement among the Gujarati Creole people in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Scripture Prayers for the Gujarati Creole in Kenya.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gujarati Creole
People Name in Country Gujarati Creole
Pronunciation goo-jah-RAH-tee KREE-ohl
Alternate Names Cutchi Swahili
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 100,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12628
ROP3 Code 104846
ROP25 Code 302844
ROP25 Name Gujarati
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Cutchi-Swahili
Language Code ccl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Cutchi-Swahili
Language Code ccl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Cutchi-Swahili

Primary Language:  Cutchi-Swahili

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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