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

My Life Ruined By A Single Fish

This is a story about a young girl Achieng who due to poverty of the family was easy preyed to by fisherman in the lakeside they were staying at Mogeta beach. In beach areas the young girls are really in a problem as a result of easy cash flow from the fish business at the beaches. This is what happened to Achieng while in standard 6 and in a result she gave birth to a baby girl. The old mother could not care for Achieng as well as the grand child. Achieng was at the point of committing suicide since life become unbearable to her. She now works a house help to family in the city of Nairobi even though she plans to pursue her lost education since now the child is about 1 year and in good health condition. The various talks we had done have made her feel relaxed and back to senses.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: My family

Story Attributes/Tags

  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to food and shelter
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • I helped make the story happen
  • What happened in the story relates to my family

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 31-45 years old
  • This story took place less than 2 months ago
  • Location: Usenge, Kisumu, Kenya
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