Joan Akinyi has been living with HIV for more than ten years. And as a mother of three young children – one boy and two girls – Joan knows all too well how difficult it can be to provide for her family, especially with an illness that is often as debilitating as it is deadly.
But, with the support of CARE for AIDS, Joan is able to receive the food and medical care she needs to eat a balanced diet and keep her HIV under control. And with the skills she’s learned at the center, she is also able to run her own small business selling potatoes in order to cover the cost of things like school fees and rent.
“It is difficult when I become sick,” she admits. “That can be hard. But I trust in God to bring me through it.”
Right now, Joan says her most important goal is make sure her children finish their education.
“I pray for my children to be blessed,” she explains. “Life can get much worse, but it is not the end of the road. I don’t know what God has planned for them, but I hope. I believe. I trust. Everything has its own time…and everything will come to pass as it should.”
Joan's story is one of one hundred client stories captured in the CARE for AIDS coffee table book, 100 Faces. Learn more about this project here.