Portraiture, Naivasa, Kenya

 

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In December of 2015 I was commissioned by Coca-Cola to photograph street life and people around one of the water kiosks in a village near Lake Naivasa, in Kenya. As part of Coca-Cola’s  global 5by20 Project, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of five million women across the company’s value chain by the year 2020, they have helped to create a series  of water vending kiosks throughout this community.

The kiosks are operated by women. This not only give the women concerned a viable business with which they can help support their families, but they make it possible for the young girls in the community (traditionally the ones assigned to get water) to attend school and receive an education instead of having to spent as much as eight hours a day walking miles over to Lake Naivasa to get water, the hike back home again carrying heavy jugs.

Now they can walk a hundred metres or so down to their neighbourhood kiosk, buy the water and continue on with their day. It was a delightful assignment in which portraiture was to be a key component. The African midday light was harsh but the faces were beautiful.