Interview with Pamela Amoiti, RUWEPO/COAHM Treasurer

Please tell me a little bit about yourself and where you come from?

I am married and a mother to four children. I come from  Riruta in Dagoretti sub county.

How did hear of RUWEPO?

I heard through a friend who invited me for a women’s empowerment seminar when I joined my husband in Nairobi from upcountry. I was excited by the noble purpose of this organization in the community. This greatly touched my heart,

What RUWEPO program (s) have you participated in ?

I have participated in educational awareness  workshops on HIV and AIDS, Maternal health and reproductive rights, Gender based sexual violence, Human sexuality and gender identity, Alternative cleaner sources of energy among others.

How do you think RUWEPO has helped you?

Before joining this organization I was very sick and used to dream so much about my own death. My relatives and friends had given up on me and counting days to death. Life was hopeless. I felt God had forgotten me. But when I met this organization and the support group,  I have been  helped  to be empowered socioeconomically and reduce HIV stigma and denial.  I have been resurrected. I can now take my drugs with a hope of living. I have a job now with this organization that helps me to cater for rent and food for my family. The school also provides education, feeding and counseling for my children. This has been like a home for me and my family.

How is your health currently?

I am HIV+ and living positively by taking ARVS and striving to get good nutrition. Sometimes opportunistic infections affect me and I seek medical attention immediately.

Living with HIV and participating in RUWEPO, do you think you are more hopeful with optimism and feel the sky is the limit.

How do you think that RUWEPO programs could be improved if there was more funding ?

Economic empowerment of women PLWHIV through small loans for business start-ups to alleviate the poverty and suffering of families in the urban informal settlements and rural areas. We can also have more programs targeting poor women, youth and children through capacity building and advocacy programs so that they can be transformed in the community.