Paola Gianturco found the topic for her fifth book of photojournalism while talking to women in Kenya. To break the ice, she casually asked about their children, and she heard answers like this: "Two, and five adopted." "Three, and nine adopted. "Five, and 15 adopted."
That's when she realized these women were raising their grandchildren, who were orphaned in the AIDS epidemic.
Gianturco began reporting on a worldwide movement of activist grandmothers, which she says is mostly unheralded in the United States. She talked to rural Indian grandmothers who are learning how to be engineers so they could return to their villages and install solar power. She talked to Argentine grandmothers who are part of a storytelling corps of literacy volunteers in local schools.