Sente sits under an acacia tree smiling as she works on her beading. She was the sixth wife of a Maasai warrior and the youngest before her husband passed away fifteen years ago. She has three children of her own and is also responsible for raising three other children from her “co-wife” (in the Maasai culture widows sometimes live together to raise children) who died of HIV five years ago. She has taught all her daughters to bead, hoping to continue this ancient craft.
Although Sente’s dream is to send all six of her children to school, she currently is only able to afford to send one son and one daughter.