Case study: Queenter's Road to Success
Queenter is one of 5 children , her mother is a widow who struggles to support her children on her income as a subsistence farmer. Zest for Life supported Queenter in her final year at Miriu Mixed Secondary and this support enabled her to attend regularly and study hard. She became a prefect and was voted school President.
Not only did she succeed in gaining her KCSE Certificate but she achieved a grade good enough for a university offer - making Queenter the first female student from Miriu to qualify for University.
We've continued our support with a Higher Education bursary that has enabled Queenter to attend Kisii University. Having now completed her and teaching practice Queenter Graduated with a Bachelor of Education 2:1 in December 2018.
In the meantime, ever hard working and looking for ways of supporting herself and her family, Queenter submitted a proposal for a micro-enterprise project and we were delighted to be able to offer her seed funding to set up the business. Queenter and her mother have set up a commodities stall at their local market selling their own and others produce and staple foods. When Queenter takes up a teaching post, her mother will take over the business. This hand up supports Queenters mother by helping to pay for her health care and her brothers by paying their school and college fees.
Queenter is also volunteering for the charity by mentoring other ex-Miriu students who need support and encouragement to complete teacher training courses. During our visit in October 2018, Queenter accompanied us and gave motivational speeches to the students at both schools. Queenter, Martin and Hasting have all helped to set up an alumni group that is working with staff to improve standards at Miriu.
By supporting hard working young women like Queenter, who is a fantastic role model for other young women at Miriu, we can make a difference not just for the individual but for families who would otherwise be trapped within the poverty cycle.