My name is Mary Ndinda. I come from a very humble background, my parents could not afford to finance my tertiary education and therefore to support my daily needs and hopefully pay for the higher education, I had to look for employment which were also very hard to come by.

I remember when I was looking for employment, at the time Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had advertised for Data Entry Clerks for the 2013 elections. Unfortunately I missed out on the opportunity because I was not ‘computer literate’ as this was a requisite skill. It pained me a lot, and from this experience my urge to be an ICT specialist was born.

Many employers turned her away because she did not have the digital literacy skills they require. She had missed out on better paying job opportunities because she lacked IT skills

When she heard about the program from an area councilor and she did not think twice about it. She applied and was amongst the young women enrolled in her county. Following the Intel She Will Connect training, she is slowly changing this script, and more employers are opening up their doors for her.

Today due to the training, her former high school principal constantly procures her services, in supporting computer lessons, and type setting examination papers.

“I am very grateful for the immerse knowledge on digital literacy that I have acquired. I am now confident to face the world and pursue my dreams, never to miss out on any opportunity due to lack of employable skills. I never want anybody to suffer the setbacks I went through, and from these experiences I have been able to transfer the knowledge earned to other young girls so that it would be easier for them to secure employment in future.”