If I Had Known

Meet Beatrice’s family: there’s Elizabeth, Ruth, Margaret, Francis, Samuel, John, Kelvin, and Linda & Mary the twins. Elizabeth, the eldest, wants to be a lawyer. Beatrice wants all her children to go through secondary school – but in Kenya this costs money, and it’s money the family struggle to save, on the $4 a day they all live on. It wasn’t until she had had her ninth child that Beatrice heard about contraception, she says if she’d known earlier she would probably have just had three.

Commissioned by IPPF to support the Family Planning 2020 commitments.

Shot by Adam Patterson. Produced and edited by Panos Pictures.