At 14, Corazon Aquino is finally a big sister, a role she finds “exciting”. She enjoys helping her mother care for 1-month old Rose and thinks about her future, when she will be a doctor and have three children of her own. She feels secure knowing that her children, like her baby sister, can be born HIV-free. Both Corazon and her mother, Esther Opinya, are living with HIV.
Margaret Awong’o lives in Lochorekaal, a village of about 20 families in northwest Kenya, not far from the South Sudan border. The villagers raise camels, weave baskets for barter, and gather wild fruits from the surrounding desert. As pastoralists, men and boys are often on the move, leading livestock to fresh grazing sites, leaving the women and girls to look after the general welfare of the village.