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‘It’s good to have control of urine and stool for years of agony’

Tabitha Kyengo Koso, 77 years old farmer from Makueni County narrate the yester years of Kamba Community. ‘Years back women who gave birth to girls were paid for bride price at birth, did you know that?’ she asks. The girl would then stay with her mother until around 5 yrs of age. The future husband …Read More

Faith is all I had; I believed I would get healed one day

Amina Gakii Nyaga is a 34 yrs old lady from Tharaka Nithi County. Amina is a housewife, she has 3 children. After completion of her Form 1 education, she got pregnant and got married at a tender age. Her life over the years was good with the support of her then deceased parent in law. …Read More

‘I was told cold air must have entered my birth canal during childbirth’

Jennifer Chepchirchir aged 26yrs hails from Sihendo Village, Trans Nzoia County. For Jennifer, the idea of being pregnant at the tender age of 17 years was not something that she ever anticipated. Being the First born in her family and from her community getting education as a girl child was a privilege. While still in …Read More

‘I devised a mechanism for coping with my condition’

In the year 2004, Margaret a farmer from Mweiga, Nyeri County had great joy and was excited to bring a life into the world, her first born. She had carried her pregnancy to term, a smooth pregnancy it was, as she recalls. So when she began experiencing labour pains, her husband Simon checked her into …Read More

‘I felt like my life was coming to an end’

When Nduku Kimazi a 36 year old, from Makueni County labored for two days, she felt like her life was coming to an end. She had no money to get to the hospital and her husband was away. When she finally got to the hospital, she had to be rushed to the theatre for a …Read More

“I feel new Again, For Decades, I lived a miserable life”

For 44 years, Mary Amos, 60 year old from Kitui County has lived a miserable life, full of suffering and loneliness. She was raised in a family that never valued the girl child education. At the age of 14 years, Mary got married. Her parents were happy to receive dowry. At that tender age, she …Read More

BROKEN VESSEL

BROKEN VESSEL By Lesley C.   A friend will ask, how are you? Often we reply, am OK. But inside we’re not fine at all. We are all created as beautiful vessels. But sometimes the vessels break. We break, emotional, spiritually or physically. Others can be mended, others take long and others suffer silently alone …Read More

I Gave Birth in the Dark Forest and Developed a Fistula in the Process

43 year-old Juliet Muthoni is a vegetable vendor in her hometown in Nyeri County. She is a mother of three children aged between 5 years and 15 years. Her dream to bring to life her fourth child in April 2015 is however a painful memory etched deep in her heart. It all began on the …Read More

“My Life is now Back on Track: My Dignity has been Restored!” Milka Mailu’s Story

The motherhood journey for 26 year-old Milkah Mailu from Kwale County in Kenya’s Coast Province has not been an easy one. A class eight dropout, Milkah fell pregnant at the age of 20 years. At that time, she was still living with her parents in a rural village in Shimba Hills. When it was time …Read More

“I’m Now Ready to Fully Embark on my Political Ambitions!” -Evalynne Nekesa

47 year-old Evalynne Nekesa is a primary school teacher in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. She is married with four children. Evalynne enjoys motherhood and all the responsibilities that come along with it. This is evident in the way she talks about her children, with such love and passion. However, beneath the radiant smile on her …Read More