Barefoot children play beside a pool of raw sewerage-captivated by their creative games. Passers-by manoeuvre through dusty footpaths, crouching through low, rusty roofs. The place is busy; welcome to Kibera, the biggest slum in Africa.
Elizabeth is among 17 women, all HIV positive who actively engage in turning waste materials into jewellery in Kibera.
Through a community based organisation, Mirror of Hope, the women came together five years ago and were taken through a training.
“We were trained on how to make beads from polythene bags, old calendar cuttings and other waste materials,” said the mother of two who fluently speaks 10 Kenyans languages. For her, every day is a weaving or a beading day, one waste product at a time.
Calendars and poster papers make the beads while polythene bags make weaving materials
Other materials they use for weaving include dried banana stems which Elizabeth says make quality bags