Education and a New Job for Gladys

Five classic sewing machines and one high-tech machines are available for students.

Five classic sewing machines and one high-tech machines are available for students.

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Even more than in the US, people in Kenya are desperately seeking jobs that pay the bills and help their families thrive. Also like the US, people in Kenya turn to education to increase their job opportunities.

Samro Polytechnic school in Eldoret Kenya, supported in part by a SIA grant, is focused on providing training in marketable skills, like tailoring, sewing, and computer skills, to help people transition to more steady jobs.

Gladys is learning to sew dresses, shirts, and blazers. Machines and cloth are provided at the school.

Gladys is learning to sew dresses, shirts, and blazers. Machines and cloth are provided at the school.

 

One student at Samro Poly is Gladys.

Gladys is a single mother of four children: one son and three daughters. Until recently, she was renowned for making the best (illegal) brew in the area. But too much drinking by her husband led her to separate from her husband and go to live with her parents. Last month, Gladys was one of some 80 brewers who were invited to Samuel Teimuge’s Ukweli Training Centre for a workshop in alternative business skills and development.

Ukweli and Samro Polytechnic are on the same site and there is lodging as well as a supportive community for people wanting to change their lives. Gladys started classes in tailoring. She was even able to bring her daughter Irene, who had been doing housework away from home, to join her in training at Samro Polytechnic.

Gladys' daughter Irene is also learning about sewing and alterations at Samro Polytechnic school.

Gladys’ daughter Irene is also learning about sewing and alterations at Samro Polytechnic school.

Samuel Teimuge, who is head of centre and school shares his gratitude, “Thank you SIA for helping us purchase these items. We hope many like these two ladies will find their way to Samro Poly.”

Gladys does not know what will happen after the three-week training is over. However, she is grateful to be on her new path toward being a tailor; on her path to a job that is respectable, stable, and enjoyable. Isn’t that what most of us are looking for in life?

For more from Samuel Teimuge read my post “Leading with Honesty and Integrity” here: http://godsspiritinaction.org/leading-with-honesty-and-integrity

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7 Responses to “Education and a New Job for Gladys”

  1. Donna Thomas December 11, 2013 4:21 pm
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    It is so cool that one of your jobs as administrator of SIA is that you are in touch with all the programs and all the people who are benefitting from the organization. Thanks for the glimpse into a world totally different from mine, yet similar in our desires for ourselves and our families.

  2. marsha johnson December 11, 2013 4:30 pm
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    Exciting! Please keep us posted on Gladys and Irene’s journeys….
    Blessings and gratitude,
    Marsha

  3. Dave Gattey December 11, 2013 4:30 pm
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    Great article! Like the new website design. Keep up the good work.

  4. Tish Bayer December 11, 2013 8:08 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this article. Such strong, resourceful people. Good examples to us all.

  5. Tanya Cothran December 12, 2013 2:11 pm
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    Thank you all for the comments! I’ll keep you updated with their story as we hear more!

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