“I am proud of the fact that I am able to stand for myself, on my own,” Devota, Zawadisha member. [TWEET THIS]
Meet Devota, who since joining Zawadisha, has been able to stand for herself and explore multiple avenues to be able to help her family and community grow. Take a moment to read how her life has changed--the return on what seems like a small investment will amaze you.
Z: Please tell us a little about yourself and your family -- where did you grow up, do you have brothers/sisters, how many children do you have now, what tribe do you belong to.
D: I was born and raised in Mugange which is close to Voi. i studied up until Standard 8, then i got married immediately after that. After i got married, i moved to Itinyi. I have 5 kids.
Z: What is your most memorable experience as a child?
D: My father was driving a trailer, got into an accident, and broke his leg. He had to have mental placed into his leg. I remember that because it was at this point that our home family life drastically changed. Life became harder because we now had to depend on my mother.
Z: What has changed in Kenya since you were a young girl?
D: The growth in groups which have helped us. We are able to take more risks financially and explore multiple avenues to be able to help our family grow and become more stable.
Z: Now that you are a grown woman, what is the one thing that you are most proud of?
D: I am proud of the fact that i am able to stand for myself, on my own. Even if my husband decided to leave, I would now be stuck. I know that the lessons have learned have allowed me to know that i could stand on my own if I needed to.
Z: What brings you joy?
D: Progress. Overall progress of my family and of the community.
Z: What does the future look like for you, your family, and your community?
D: As i continue to send my kids to school, i see a future for them, and for me that means all of them have completed school.
Z: What do you want other people to know about you, your family, and/or your community?
D: That the women in groups have advanced and are able to make a lasting impact, as opposed to those not in groups.
Z: If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
D: That the governments would revise education policies and allow children to study for free, which would give lots of children greater access to school.