Lucy (13 ) photographed in one of the classrooms at Attnas Kandie School.
She collects rubbish when she’s not at school. She is one of five children – the eldest is at college but the other siblings help to support him by sorting rubbish. Lucy’s mum sometimes washes clothes for other people but is sick and can’t often earn enough to feed the children. Lucy is now in primary school and gets lunch there every day thanks to Mary’s Meals.
Making a living from collecting rubbish is no easy job; disease, injury, substance abuse and even the threat of violence is an everyday reality for the people who live and work at the dumps in Eldoret. It’s especially hard for the mothers and their children forced through poverty to scrape a living of around $1 dollar a day.