Wendo Aszed, who lives with her family in the rural Rift Valley of Kenya, founded Dandelion Africa in 2009. Her vision involved starting an organisation that would work directly with the most marginalised groups in the community who are mainly women, girls and youth.
Wendo thought that HIV only happened to other people, and it was not until her best friend died of AIDs that she knew she needed to do something about it.
With the support of her husband, she started visiting nearby villages, talking to the women and identifying the specific problems each community faced. The biggest problem, she explains, is not that there aren’t enough resources to work with, but that there is a lack of information out there on how to face the issues.
Wendo has now, together with her husband and volunteers, been working with women and youth in marginalized areas for over seven years.