Yorub lives in Korogocho with her sister. Korogocho is a slum located on government land in the densely populated Eastland’s area of Nairobi, it is the fourth largest slum after Kibera and Mathare.
It is 1.5 square kilometres packed with a population of approximately 200,000. Most of the buildings and homes are made of old ‘mabati’ (iron sheets) and other recycled materials.
Poverty and unemployment are high, with many depending on small informal trades, including sex work. Crime, alcohol, drugs, and substance, abuse are prevalent.
After her mother died, Yorub started living with her aunt. It was difficult raising school fees and many times, she stayed at home due to the lack of fees.
Through a DREAMS program which paid her school fees, she completed high school. Yorub continued with the program after high school.
Yorub completed an employability training program and was eventually linked to a youth job placement agency.
She won an award for Best Customer Service staff at the largest shopping complex in Kenya.
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.”
“I now practice photography as a career and I get jobs and get paid for it."
"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.”