Kenya Poverty Elimination Network
Homa Bay County, western Kenya
The Kenya Poverty Elimination Network (KPEN) works in Homa Bay County, where nearly 1 in 3 people are infected with HIV and life expectancy has been reduced to just 48 years.
The AIDS epidemic has left families struggling to care for the many orphaned nieces, nephews and grandchildren - as well as their own offspring. KPEN supports these families through income generating activities such as harvesting honey, hybrid goat rearing and cultivating nutritious vegetables such as amaranth. Young people are given vocational training in carpentry, welding, tailoring, hair and beauty care, and motorcycle maintenance. The work of KPEN is vital in reducing the effects of AIDS on the vulnerable children living there.
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