Pili is 30 years old and has 8 children. She is HIV positive and on medication but is doing well now. Two of her children live in Taborah. Her first husband died of AIDs. She had 4 children with him. Then her second husband abandoned her after having 4 children with him. She began working as a housegirl cleaning houses, also braided hair for customers and cooked mandazi (donuts) to sell to make money to feed her large family. Because she was not on medication at first she began to be very week and could not continue to work. MAP advised her to get onto the medication which she did. Now she is stable enough to start a business.
Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.