QUINTER'S STORY

Quinter Adhiambo

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Helping Girls in Kisumu become Independent


Quinter Adhiambo, who’s currently 23 years old, was once a hopeless young woman. She grew up in abject poverty. Her primary and secondary schooling was never smooth. Most of the time PEER TALKshe would not only miss classes but also meals. This is a childhood memory she vividly remember.

“I lost my father while I was in class three and then my mother past on while I was in upper primary.” She recalls.  “When they died, life took a swift turn to the worse. None of our relatives was ready to support us, we were hopeless and divested.” She added. Queens’ schooling was supported by well-wishers who were at times not reliable. She could miss class because of lack of school fees and as way of escaping embarrassment during her menses.

Life at home was never pleasing. She lived with her elder sister, who was unable to meet their needs. When she finished form four (basic education), Queen moved to Kisumu City in hope for a better life.

Queen talks to peers at Career and Employment Clinic

In the city, Queen got a job as a cleaner in a lodge, but soon contracted pneumonia. She could no longer work effectively, and her employer fired her. She was extremely sick and stressed.                                                                            

 

Queen works at the Kisumu campus library 

When she went to the hospital, Queen told a sympathetic doctor her story. This was the turning point in her life. The doctor told her about the Nyanza Initiative for Girls' Education and Empowerment (NIGEE) Centre and encouraged her to apply.KSM LIBRARY

Queen was accepted, and she was admitted for computer classes. When she heard about the girls’ employment bureau, she knew it was an opportunity to make her future.

Queen was an earnest student at the Centre. Her diligence and hard work was vivid. She took the training seriously, was proud to learn new skills, and after completion applied for and got a cleaning job at the University of Nairobi, Kisumu Campus. 

“I am grateful for the job, I can now pay my bills, buy pads, shoes, and clothing that I never had a privilege to wear. I am also saving KES 3,000 every month for a business I plan to open by next year,” she says with a smile.  So grateful is Queen that she returns to NIGEE employment bureau during career clinic to inspire, motivate, and encourage other girls through her story.

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