Naomi Boundi is a hard working young mother from Kibera informal settlements in Kenya. Before the Intel She Will Connect program, Naomi had seen computers but had never used one; and this lowered her esteem in interacting with IT professionals as well as pursing IT related fields.
However, when Naomi learnt about the Intel She Will Connect Project from a friend, she saw it as an opportunity to acquire employable skills and earn the bragging rights to have a voice when interacting with ICT professionals. She was more inspired to join the program because the training was free, and a certification was provided hence stamping her authority in the field.
When she stepped into the orientation class for Intel She Will Connect Program, she had a new challenge and a renewed hope to acquire digital literacy skills. Following the training, Naomi says she has developed skills on Microsoft publisher, PowerPoint, introduction to computer, how to use the internet, life skills, entrepreneurship and she is very happy to have also participated in an Hour Of Code session, which boosted her problem solving skills. She is now using the knowledge to assist family, friends and any person who is need of assistance to operate a computer. In addition to these, she also developed invitation cards for her sister’s baby shower and she is very pleased with the response she received on the work.
“My mother is a business woman and she badly needed to market her products in the community. With the skills acquired from the program, I developed fliers for her which in turn boosted sales. I also made a startup business plan for my sister who wanted to set up an M-pesa shop,” says Naomi.
The then self-proclaimed computer illiterate today, thanks to the program, works at StarTimes Media Kenya as a customer service provider. Her perception towards digital technology has since changed immensely; she also plans on venturing into graphic design. This is due to the positive reviews from friends, family and professionals in the field on the publications and marketing tools she has developed.
Her advice to other young women is to have a passion in pursuing their dreams and they will surely succeed.