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A woman makes a bead bracelet at the Uzima bead-making workshop in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi April 22, 2013. The Jesuit-run Uzima programme cares for people with HIV, providing support groups, counselling, awareness of prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as income generating activities such as bead-making. The bead products are sold as far as Italy and Belgium. In 2009, there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, with the adult prevalence rate having fallen dramatically since the mid-1990s, according to the African Jesuit AIDS Network. Picture taken April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - GM1E94U0BEE01

Michelle Obama has worn Soko designs. Image: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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