Girls with DREAMS: Jane
Jane, Kenya. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.
Jane, Kenya. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.

Girls with DREAMS: Jane

9th September 2021


Jane lives in Kosovo. Kosovo is a village inside Mathare neighborhood in Nairobi.

Girls with DREAMS: Jane
Jane walks home after work through Kosovo after work. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.

Houses are constructed using iron sheets with most of the garbage and sewer being dumped into the river and in drains. Kosovo has two public toilets and a few private ones which can be used for a fee.

Kosovo has high rates of crime. The main sources of income for the residents are small businesses and casual labor. Many youth collect scrap metal which they sell for livelihood.

Girls with DREAMS: Jane
Jane arranges pamphlets in preparation for a training activity in the church where she works. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.

After her parents died, Jane’s relatives chased her from their rural home because of land inheritance issues. She lived with her friends in Eastleigh and did odd jobs to survive.

Jane joined a DREAMS project where she gained employability skills. She is now an administrative assistant in the Christ Embassy church, rents her own house, and supports her siblings.

"I now live in my own house and my sisters are back at school. Thank you for giving me hope."

Girls with DREAMS: Jane
A friend gives Jane a fruit in Kosovo market as she waits for her vendor to bring fresh vegetables. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.
Girls with DREAMS
Jane enjoys catching up with friends after work. Photo courtesy of PEPFAR Kenya.

Girls with Dreams

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.