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Buffaloes at the Nairobi National Park
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Gazelles at the Nairobi National park
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Kakuma-south Sudan crisis

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A South Sudanese refugee sits with her new born baby at the Kakuma reception Centre. The woman walked for two days while eight months pregnant with her two children.

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A child plays at dawn at the Kakuma refugee camp
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South Sudanese children refugees at Kakuma Refugee camp

_MG_0162A demonstration against rape held in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi after a Member of Parliament allegedly raped a woman about 3 weeks ago. The MP, Gideon Mwiti has been charged in a Nairobi court and was released on a Ksh100,000 bail.

The women weavers of Kibera turning waste to jewellery

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.
A view of Kibera slum in Kenya's capital Nairobi which is one of the biggest slums in Africa
A view of Kibera slum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi which is one of the biggest slums in Africa

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Elizabeth is among 17 women, all HIV positive who actively engage in turning waste materials into jewellery in Kibera.
Elizabeth Kasim with Grace Akinyi during a weaving session in her house in Kibera
Elizabeth Kasim with Grace Akinyi during a weaving session in her house in Kibera
Through a community based organisation, Mirror of Hope, the women came together five years ago and were taken through a training.
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“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.
A weaving session at Elizabeth's house in Kibera
A weaving session at Elizabeth’s house in Kibera
Calendars and poster papers make the beads while polythene bags make weaving materials
Some of the materials used to make the jewellery and a final product
Some of the materials used to make the jewellery and a final product
Other materials they use for weaving include dried banana stems which Elizabeth says make quality bags
A 'kiondo' made form dried banana stem
A ‘kiondo’ made form dried banana stem
Doubling up as a vegetable seller, Elizabeth’s day is always busy. “While waiting for clients at my kibanda, I bead and weave,” she says adding that in a day she can make two sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Elizabeth putting a shade over her fruits stock in Kibera
Elizabeth putting a shade over her fruits stock in Kibera
some of the jewellery Elizabeth Kasim has made
some of the jewellery Elizabeth Kasim has made

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In future, Elizabeth hopes to put up a jewellery shop in upmarket estates.
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inside a temple

A group of Hindu women watch as his holiness Acharya Purshottam Priyadasji Swamishree Maharaj leave Shree Swaminaryan Gadi Temple Parklands Nairobi after a ceremony
A group of Hindu women watch as his holiness Acharya Purshottam Priyadasji Swamishree Maharaj leave Shree Swaminaryan Gadi Temple Parklands Nairobi after a ceremony

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