Flovian lives in Korogocho, the fourth largest slum area in Nairobi, Kenya.
The name Korogocho, a Swahili term meaning “crowded shoulder to shoulder", describes the congestion, insecurity perpetuated by criminal gangs, drug and alcohol abuse, lack of economic opportunities, and high poverty levels associated with the area.
Having come from a broken home with 10 siblings, Flovian escaped her reality by using drugs. She left home at 17 to live with a friend, and faced constant harassment and exploitation where she did odd jobs to survive.
Flovian enrolled in a DREAMS Media and ICT training project and successfully completed the elemental phase of the project that focused on life skills, etiquette, ICT, photography, and filmmaking.
In 2018, Flovian was nominated one of the extraordinary photographers to take part in a stock photography project in South Africa.
She formed and registered a photography business with fellow talented DREAMS girls and is earning a living with her photography skills.
Physical fitness is a requirement in photography and Flovian regularly works out in her local gym. She also loves listening to reggae on a rooftop where she sees her whole neighborhood.
This profile is taken from the PEPFAR Kenya “Our Lens Sauti Zetu (Our Voices)” photo book — a compilation of images captured by DREAMS girls highlighting their own stories.
The following DREAMS girls were the eyes behind the lens and beautifully captured the stories of the young women featured in the project: Dorcas Akinyi Onyango, Agnes Wanjiru Mugure, Flovian Atieno, Faith Akumu, Francisca Ndinda, Effie Awino, Fatuma Lando, Dorothy Oyuga, Linet Odira, Hellen Atieno.
Text and images from “Our Lens Sauti Zetu (Our Voices)” are used with permission from PEPFAR Kenya. Learn more about Girls with DREAMS.
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"I now live in my own house and my sisters are back at school. Thank you for giving me hope."
“I am now a rice farmer who is independent and can fight for my rights and those of others.”
“I am grateful to be able to afford to buy my medication and earn a living at the same time."
“If it weren’t for DREAMS I would be a drop out or a drug addict."
"DREAMS gave me a new lease of life – I have my confidence back, I’m independent, and can pay my siblings fees and house rent. I can now live AIDS-free.”
"When my dream of becoming a teacher came true, everyone in my community, including my husband, was very proud."
“I was in a place where I could not be seen but I am now visible."
"I now make hair locks, get paid and save, and hope to have a salon of my own. Getting involved with DREAMS gave me hope and skills to become independent.”
"DREAMS has transformed me into a salaried, well-respected, and confident young woman.”
“I was able to sit for my national exams and proceed with my nursing course because of DREAMS support.”