Athi River is situated in Mavoko Municipality of Machakos County. Within Athi River, there are thirteen informal settlements namely; Jam City, Old Town, Kasoito, City Cotton, KMC, Jua Kali, Bondeni A and B, Alfa Rama, Kisumu Ndogo, Kwa Were, Kyelenzi and 39.
According to residents, some of these settlements have been in existence for as long as 30 years. These settlements are situated on Mavoko Municipality land, with the only exception being Bawazir, which is located on privately owned land. The thirteen settlements occupy an area covering approximately 10 hectares.
Athi River region, was able to purchase 16 Ha (40 acres of land at Kenani opposite Daystar University for residential development for 384 members. Currently, subdivision is ongoing and planning for amenities has been done. The members are in the process of paying the NEMA fee to facilitate issuance of the certificate of subdivision.