At a roadside business named to stop traffic, a carpenter in the town of Busia, Kenya, makes about two coffins per day. Thats a bit less than it was three years ago, he says.
In this part of western Kenya more than one adult in three may carry HIV. Whether the AIDS epidemic has peaked is uncertain, however, because statistics are unreliable in a nation still in the throes of denial and stigmatization about AIDS. Coffins for sale, and the daily funerals that require them, are one of the few overt signs that an epidemic is happening here.