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

Strength Of A Woman

Beatrice Awori is a mother of eight and is a bundle of energy. Despite her age she moves about at lightening speed doing several household chores simultaneously. She places a hoe on her shoulder as she joins other women in her village in search of a casual job in order to put a meal on the table. Her voice is animated and her voice takes on different pitches as she tells other women who constantly burst into laughter. Her stare can be unnerving and her confidence startling especially after learning that out of her eight children, 3 are asmatic and 2 other suffer from hernia of testicles. One of her sons was operated on, the other has not and the condition has gotten so bad that he cannot walk forcing him to discontinue school. Despite her predicament, she puts on a brave face as she continues to toil in her usual jovial nature. Despite hardships and unreliable pay she is able to feed her kids. Her husband resides in Kisumu and is unemployed but sometimes sends money home. Despite the predicament, she does not let any of her sick children sleep hungry. Through her casual she has able to educate her eldest daughter who is now 21 years and in college although some of her children chased away of school because they do not have all the requirements. She vows to work extra hard. "Life is how you take it, either you choose to sit around and feel sorry for for yourself or you do something about it". These are always her words.


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Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a good idea that succeeded
  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • I saw what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to my family

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: 31-45 years old
  • This story took place 1-2 years ago
  • Location: Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya
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