Maisha Pakacha

PMC is producing Maisha Pakacha ("Life is a Carrier Bag") in Kenya. This 104-episode radio show will be on air through 2021.

Developed as part of UNFPA/UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation,  Maisha Pakacha airs twice weekly on two radio stations covering different regions and reaching different audiences across Kenya. The show is in Kiswahili, the language best determined by PMC to reach the most listeners across several broadcast regions.

Audiences will also be interacting with storylines and characters across multiple channels, including WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Issues addressed in Maisha Pakacha include female genital mutilation, family planning, adolescent reproductive health, child marriage, and gender-based violence.

As with all PMC shows, Maisha Pakacha was created using PMC’s social change methodology.

Making a Difference

It is too soon to know the full impact Maisha Pakacha will have.

Project Information

Title: Maisha Pakacha (“Life is a Carrier Bag”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Kenya
Language: Kiswahili
Duration: January 2021 – December 2021

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Administrative Staff

Country Director: Tom Kazungu
Marketing & Communications Officer: Iddy Mwangi
Finance Officer: Enock Enyakai
Social Media Technician: Larry Otaba
Administrative Assistant: Faith Ndanu
Driver: Justin Chea
Messenger: Raymond Melle

Creative Staff

Producer: Gunga Chea
Studio Technician: Stephen Kazungu
Head Writer: Joseph Boke
Writers: Jane Nyarwai, Rodgers Ndalu, Emmanuel Barasa.
Actors: Moses Mungai, Emmanuel Mnguto, Sakina Mohammed, Salma Mwinyi, Zena Ali, Omar Abdallah, Samira Mutheu, Jane Wanjiru, Salim Mohammed, Hassanati Mutungi, Sally Ramadhan, Jamila Sheryl, Khadija Mwinyi, Abubakar Mwenda, Bernard Otieno, Omar Ismael, Martha Shungu, Wilkistar Ngala, Rashid Mwango, Athman Iddi.

Storylines


Mang’iti’s Story

Robi Motangi (a 13- year-old girl) is forced to undergo female genital mutilation. Her uncle, Mtende, is against the procedure but her grandmother is in favor of the tradition. Robi’s father, Mang’iti, sides with the grandmother and ensures that Robi undergoes the procedure.

Robi has complications during the procedures and later develops fistula due to difficulties during childbirth. Mang’iti sees his daughter struggling and is upset that their relationship has fractured since his decision to make her have the procedure. Mang’iti starts to question his own beliefs and traditions, especially the outdated cultural practice of female circumcision.

Issues this storyline addresses:

Salama’s Story

Salama and Sadiki are a young couple planning to get married. They’re experiencing many challenges any young couple may face — including the economic implications of raising a family. They discover that couples who engage in constant communication about their issues have a better chance of success.

Conflict arises when Salama deliberately gets pregnant against Sadiki’s wishes due to pressure from a family member. This creates a lack of trust between the couple as they had both agreed to wait to start a family.

Issues this storyline addresses:

Marwa's Story

Marwa is a primary school teacher and is married to Kenyeye, a woman his father imposed on him. Marwa keeps reminding Kenyenye that she has no place in his life even though they have three children together. Marwa is abusive toward Kenyenye and Kenyenye ends up in the hospital due to domestic violence injuries. Neighbors report Marwa and he gets arrested.

Kenyenye is later convinced to drop the charges and Marwa takes an oath never to raise a hand to Kenyenye again.

Issues this storyline addresses:

Nyangige’s Story

Nyangige and Mongesa have a baby, but they do not know a lot about proper nutritional food for newborns — including the importance of breast milk. Even though Nyangige’s sister, Borabu, urges the couple to visit a clinic for counseling and health services, Mongesa decides they will not go in for help. Unfortunately, their child suffers from malnutrition and does not survive a case of malaria and diarrhea.

After the heartbreaking loss, Borabu convinces her sister to take charge of the situation before she loses another child. Nyangige changes her life and becomes financially independent of Babu.


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