Income Security Program Update – 10th March 2016

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Women are the pillars of the society and when we see one succeed and follow her dreams we fill we are living our mission which is to empower marginalized women to access, own and sustainably manage productive assets and participate in the peace building process in their communities. Lilian Lomuthono, 30 years old and a mother of five has been with us since last year and she has shown remarkable performance both in class and in other activities.

Before Lilian joined us, she used to make charcoal and sell to sustain her family. She narrates that her husband is a casual labourer and although he could make some money, he left the responsibility of raising the children on her. She longed to give her children the best life but she could not afford due to lack of finance.

‘When I heard of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika, I knew that was an opportunity that was going to change our lives forever. I never went to school when I was young but I was ready to give it a try and I decided to talk to my husband’

Although her husband did not decline her request directly, he made it clear that he was not going to look after the children and be laughed at by people for being over powered by a woman. This gave her a hard time but her 11 years old daughter who is her first born agreed to look after her siblings as her mother attends the tailoring training. Although very hard, Lilian left her 4children under the care of her 11 year old daughter and started the training.

After just one year she has acquired a lot of skills and knowledge in making the different products and she is even earning commission from the products she makes for the organization to sell. She shares that her life has changed greatly because she has found a part time job in a tailoring shop at Morpus centre where she works on weekends when she is not at the centre. ‘I can make skirts, blouses, school uniforms and children clothing without any difficulties.’ The money she gets sustains her family while she is at school and some of it she uses to purchase materials to make clothes for them. ‘I have been transformed from burning charcoal to a dress maker and at the moment my employer has left her shop under my care as she is on maternity leave. I have come to believe that it is possible to achieve anything we set our mind on provided we are determined and we are ready to sacrifice and work towards achieving our dreams.

Lilian is looking forward to graduating at the end of this year and getting a sewing machine from the organization to start her own business and give her children the good life that they deserve.

Income Security program-update 10th December 2015

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We are happy to see young girls and women who joined us with low self esteem and poor perception about themselves due to the hard life they have been through leave us empowered and full of hope and determination.

jane wanjiru showing a bag she has made

jane wanjiru showing a bag she has made

During this quarter, two of students have graduated from our income security program. Dorothoy cherop who joined us in January 2014 graduated in October while Jane Wanjiru followed shortly this December. ‘with the skills I have acquired from my trainers Mary Makokha and Mr. Ken Omondi who left some time back, I am confident to start my own sewing business and give customers what they need’ Jane Wanjiru.

Wanjiru, 55years old and a mother of five has been with Jitokeze since 2012 and despite her age, she has been a committed and disciplined student and always eager to learn even from her juniors and those who joined us recently. ‘people used to laugh at me when they heard I am back in school and some even tried to discourage me saying I am too old to sit down and be taught. I am proud of myself and now i not only have knowledge and skills but also a sewing machine to start my business with.’

Jane explains that although she has been in the training for a very long time, she still felt she needed her trainers and she is happy they never failed her. She says she has had a plat form to practice making all kind of cloths and bags and she does not regret the holidays she sacrificed just to be at the centre and work on orders brought in by our clients while learning from her trainer Miss Makokha. While Jane leaves the organization empowered, we feel the gap she has left because she was not just a mother to all of us but a good advisor and councillor due to her age and experience.

The two graduates have left the organization with a sewing machine each to boost them as they venture into the out side market. We are looking forward to visiting them and finding out how they are faring on as well as provide the necessary assistance needed.