WOMEN EMPOWERMENT- FROM MISERY TO GLORY
- Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:51
Joyce Kamau began life from that place where no one wants to find themselves. The humble beginnings that we are always reminded not to despise. She is a talented woman; outgoing and making Charcoal Briquettes was nothing she ever contemplated of doing. But life was so hard that she could do anything within her power to make ends meet.
The middle aged woman joined Ruben Centre in 2012 through the Stop Child exploitation program which was started to support women and families of children who were involved in Child Labour through giving them a three months job opportunity with weekly wages. The women were also encouraged to save some part of the money acquired through our loans and savings scheme to enable them start up their own small businesses after the three months contract ended.
Joyce worked hard and out of the Kshs. 1,500 wages she decided to save Kshs. 500 every week. At the end of the three months she had enough money to start a business. The social department supported Joyce with a Blender to start making juices and sell fruits. The business picked well and her charming spirit would play a big role in getting her customers flowing in her business. Life changed for her as she could now fend for her family.
On the other side, Joyce continued to grow her talent of singing through singing in church where she pastored. She composed 40 songs including one that she composed while working in the charcoal briquettes area. She says it was a song of hope that God would one day remember her and bless her to get a better life. She managed to save up some money from the fruit business and record four of her songs. She hopes to find more resources to grow her career in music and record all the songs.
Joyce came to Ruben Centre today excited with her CD cover in her hands. She came to thank the Ruben Centre and most especially the social department for giving her a stepping-stone to her dreams. She looks much better and the transformation is clearly visible. She is shinning and with a big smile. When she met Br. Frank our director, he was excited to hear such an intriguing success story and the achievement Joyce has made over time.
He was keen to link her with the Radio department who would help her sell her music to the community through playing her songs. She has an amazing story and the radio was willing to invite her over to tell her story and encourage other women in the slums to rise up and shine for their light has come. The station manager also promised to link her up with music producers who can help her produce quality audio and videos for her music.
It is six years since she was in Ruben and clearly, her life is transformed and she is empowered to stand on her own feet. What an amazing Journey?