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. 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 Bachelor inf Education and teaching practice Queenter is eagerly awaiting her Graduation in December 2018. Once graduated she will be offered a teaching position.
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 are delighted to be able to offer her seed funding to set up the business.
Queenter and her mother will set up and run 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 will help her to support her other children, keeping them in school, improving the family's overall health and offering hope for their future.
Queenter is also volunteering for the charity by mentoring other ex-Miriu students who need support and encouragement to complete teacher training courses.
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.