Beatrice Wairimu

Beatrice has suffered a great deal of pain in her life. She was raped at the young age of 12 on her way to school.

Instead of receiving the love and support of her friends and family, she received an outright rejection. Her friends abandoned her, while her mother treated her coldly.  

Beatrice responded by running away from home. She ended up befriending a prostitute who housed her in exchange for taking care of her children and selling drugs for her. She also started using drugs herself.

Beatrice finally returned home seven years later, when she was pregnant with her first child. She visited a clinic while she was pregnant and discovered that she was HIV Positive. With nowhere else to turn, she was forced to move back in with her mother, who rejected and shamed her for her HIV status.

A neighbour, whose mother was also sick, learned of Beatrice's status and told her of a woman who visited her mother regularly. She suggested this woman might be able to help Beatrice as well. This woman was Mother Mary (Mom).  Mom took her in and gave her a place for her and her children to stay. Soon, Beatrice was enrolled in the Women Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), visiting the hospital regularly, and taking medication.

In 2015, she graduated from WEEP and opened her own business with the help of LPK. WEEP taught her so much more than just business and tailoring, though. Through the love and support of those around her, Beatrice learned to forgive and trust those who stigmatized her, and she learned to love herself. She even reconnected with her mother.

Beatrice has reclaimed her life thanks to LPK. She is the proud owner of a shop that sells beauty products and an even prouder mother of two beautiful daughters. "LPK is the light because I was in the dark and now I can see the light. LPK is like my mother. It has made me who I am. If you ask me where my home is, I would say it is LPK."

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