Power Women Group (@powerwwomenkibera) is a coalition of women living with HIV who own a clothes and jewelry making business in Kibera slum, Kenya. They formed the group in 2004, having met at a clinic where they were getting medications for their children, also HIV-positive. Seeing that there was a lot of HIV stigma in the slum, they started an awareness campaign, going door-to-door to teach people about HIV.
Eventually, they opened a shop to support their families and show that people living with HIV can live productively. COVID-19 has been challenging as sales have decreased due to slowing tourism in Kenya. Also, they feel vulnerable to the virus due to their HIV status – thankfully, none of them have become ill.
Pictured in the first photo left to right: Theresa Atieno, Helen Mora, Rosemary Adhiambo, Elizabeth Akinyi, Glasdys Nyaboke. The photographe has recently collaborated with models in Kenya to showcase the designs of Power Women Group which are on sale on their instagram page.