Dropouts to Entrepreneurs

Kiwanjani Village, Kenya

 

Kiwanjani is a vast area which is majorly inhabited by vulnerable people. There are many discouraging things happening in this place. Our GHNI team interacted with villagers going from house to house with Community Health Volunteers (CHVs); we came across many teenage girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancies. We discussed this matter with the CHV leader, and then tried to gather 11 girls who had children and others who were pregnant. We interacted with them and found out that due to the poverty level of their parents who cannot afford paying school fees, they were out of school most of the time. These girls also lack food at their home, leading them to give away favours that end up in unwanted pregnancies. 

 

GHNI team members have been meeting and mentoring them every week. We interact with them one on one, advise them, and encourage them. With this, they feel loved, and they open up to us about their issues. Since they got pregnant, they feel ashamed, dejected, and finally hopeless. They are living a desperate life with nothing to feed their children because their families are poor and are not willing to support them.

 

GHNI identified the need to support these young girls. After talking with them, three of the girls who are third-grade lower primary school dropouts decided to go back to school. Two of them are standard eight (upper primary 8the grade) dropouts who want to join the GHNI Empowerment Centre to learn tailoring and dress making. Seven girls want to start small businesses to help themselves because they don’t have anyone to assist them in babysitting their babies. 

 

We introduced the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) to those seven girls who want to start businesses, and they decided to contribute 50 shillings every week toward a loan to help each other. We feel that these poor girls really need our encouragement and financial assistance. They thank the GHNI family for their concern, encouragement, and for mentorship which has transformed them. They have expressed their gratitude, and they are now happy and hopeful young women.

 

Thank you!

 

Habiba

GHNI National Field Leader

 

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