Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Woman Askari (soja)

There was this woman askari from the municipal council of Busia that has always remained in the minds of many in my hometown. She had been given the responsibility of bringing order at the bus station which was previously in confusion whenever one went to that place to board a vehicle, he or she would get lost or even the matatu operator would harass him or her and even steal from the person. The matatu's or the public vehicles were seen along the roads calling for people to baord them and this presented a bad picture in town. with the coming of the woman askari well known as soja, things started to change. she was a huge, tough woman who was ready to speak nice and negotiate but at the same tough she would go rough if her orders were not adhered to . she would lead the municipal askaris in arresting the drivers who parked their vehicles along the road and at the stage she ordered vehicles to stand in a queue according to their vehicles destination and immediately the vehicle was full it was to leave immediately and with time there were al ot of changes in town and at the matatu stage


  • The organization most involved in what happened: Government

Story Attributes/Tags

  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to creativity
  • I saw what happened in the story

About the GlobalGiving Storytelling Project

This is one of 57,220 stories we've collected from people in Kenya and Uganda. We're using them to identify problems and potential solutions in local communities.
Learn more about the GlobalGiving Storytelling Project.

About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: 46-60 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Bus Stage, Busia, Kenya
This story describes a...
a need
a problem
a solution
The story is about...
Who benefited from what happened in the story...
the right people
the wrong
This story describes a...
good idea that failed
bad idea
good idea that
Give Now

Help Us Expand the GlobalGiving Storytelling Program

You can support our efforts to create an online DIY toolkit for collecting and analyzing community
feedback by making a donation to GlobalGiving's Innovation Fund.

Collect Stories from Your Community - DIY Toolkit (Offline Version)

Download, print, and distribute the GlobalGiving Storytelling Form (PDF) to start collecting community feedback.

Once you have collected stories, we would love to work with you to transcribe them into our online database for analysis. Please contact Britt Lake at .

Portions of this framework are licensed from Cognitive Edge. For more information see
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.