LIVING POSITIVE KENYA

Living Positive Kenya was established by champion Mary Wanderi to assist underprivileged women, orphans, and their families through HIV AIDS counselling, health education, economic empowerment, and community assimilation and integration. The program helps HIV-positive women escape rejection and poverty through teaching them how to create sustainable livelihoods. The first stage of the program is called HIV intervention, which focuses on the physical and emotional healing of HIV-positive women through support groups, home-based care and advocacy. After this initial stage, the women are enrolled in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), which teaches them skills such as tailoring and mat-making and how they can use those skills to develop a business plan. The women receive support through the entire process of business creation, and gradually become more financially independent until their businesses are fully financially-independent and sustainable.