Kenya - Eldoret Dump – Living and Working in Poverty
Vera Atieno,( 18) with her daughter ; Vera fell pregnant when she was 15; the child is looked after by her mother mainly in the rural areas after the father tried to snatch him. Vera makes her living scavenging at the local dump for plastics. she hasn’t been able to afford to visit the child much and hasn’t seen her since she was a few months old but is pleased when the child comes to her the day this picture was taken. She is trying to reconnect with the child and is hopeful that she will be able to see more of her.
The consequences for those who work here on a regular basis including woman and children as young as 7 is tough; with disease, injury, substance abuse and even the threat of violence an everyday reality.