Standard Media Shares Tabitha Festo’s Story

Widow who defied poverty to start a thriving clinic in Kibera

By Nancy Nzau

Tabitha Atieno Festo’s world came crumbling down in 1998 when she made it to the list of workers her employer wanted to retrench.

The widow and mother of four struggled to find work elsewhere to no avail. With limited options, Tabitha, a nurse, downsized her lifestyle, and moved to Kibera, occasionally finding menial jobs to feed her children and pay rent.

Two years later, not far from where she lived, a white man, Rye Barcott, was also living temporarily within Africa’s largest slum.

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