Joyce selling soap at a nearby shop
Joyce’s family is one of the many families struggling to meet their daily needs now. “Adhiambo, 21, is a young entrepreneur from Kibera slum.
Many high school graduates across the country receive their final results with the hope of joining tertiary institutions to pursue their dream careers. Most parents are left in a dilemma owing to the competing family needs and the limited sources of income. Therefore, some prioritize secondary education over tertiary education for their children.
Joyce's was not lucky to transition to college or university after she graduated from high school, but the skills she got from the leadership developement and entrepreneurship program has transformed her life and her family.
“I joined the three-month Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship program run by Garden of Hope Foundation where I acquired skills in Entrepreneurship, Basic Computer, and Leadership. During my training period, participants were grouped and given Ksh500 to start and run a business for two weeks. This exposes us to a first-hand experience on entrepreneurship. The 500/ $ 5 helps participants to test their business ideas and offers experiential learning. In our group, a member knew how to make the liquid soap so we decided to run with the idea. We were required to return the Sh500 with a profit after the two weeks. In the process, I learnt to make soap on my own and decided to start a small business out of it,”
Joyce is currently making soap to support needy families in Kibera slum during covid-19. In addition, she is also sensitizing the community on Covid-19.