My parents separated when I was a little girl and I was taken in by our paternal grandparents who were able to educate me through Primary school. Due to the rising cost of living, they found it hard to take care of me and so they decide to take me back to my father.
My father who was also having financial constraints left for the big city to look for work and I had to temporarily drop out of school, and work so that I can survive.
One of my aunties took me in with the promise of jump starting my education but that came with a price, I had to work for her as a house help. Juggling house chores and school wasn’t easy, my performance deteriorated and I would always be late for classes. My teachers who never understood my situation made it even worse through constant beating and insults. Eventually my aunt took me back to my father.
When I got back, my father had remarried and my step-mother never liked me at all. It did not take long before dad turned against me; and he also chased me from home. At least this time round I was going to school and my teachers understood my problems supported me through high school. I tried to raise money for school materials by plaiting my fellow colleagues and during holidays I engaged in odd jobs. After school I moved back in with my grandmother.
I later traveled to Nairobi where I worked as a house help, and waitress and I decided matter the little money that I made, I would save until I had enough to revive my educational ambitions.
During a Sunday service, the chief announced about the Ngazi Youth Empowerment Program. I applied, was interviewed and I then enrolled at Kitale Vocational Training Centre for a course in Fashion and Design. While in session we were told about the Entrepreneurship competition, where we were tasked to come up with business ideas, develop business proposals on them and thereafter pitch it in front of a panel for a chance to win start up kits.
We completed training and I was placed for attachment. At work our employer encouraged us to wear our own outfits so that people would see them and want us to make similar ones for them, it was a market strategy that worked really well.
In early February, My group and I were declared winners of the entrepreneurship competition. Today we are all working on our business with increased earning. Currently, I am saving to buy an extra sewing machine so that I can also train and employ other youths who will assist me with work. I encourage the youth to embrace opportunities like the Ngazi Youth Empowerment Program when they are presented to them.