Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho, an area widely considered to be Nairobi’s most dangerous slum where more than 150,000 people are packed into the shanty town which is less than two square kilometers.
Crime is high. Gangs are active. Addiction is rampant.
A while back, men in her community started to attack the ‘grandmothers’ of Korogocho at night believeing the elder women were less likely to be HIV positive. Most of the women attacked are sexually assaulted, and some have been killed.
A few years ago, Beatrice decided enough was enough. It was time to fight back. It was time to develop a community.
The result of that decision empowered the group and taught their community to respect them, value them and to know how to be there for them.
Together, they are taking back Korogocho.