Strength of a woman in the midst of culture clash and extreme challenges

Salome’s story

Each and every human being has their own capabilities. As a belief and what we stand for is for each and every human being in our communities to attain their capabilities. It does not matter whether it is a woman, man or even a child. Our capabilities are often hindered by inadequacy but not overruling the fact that our ancestral societies play a huge role in the attaining goals and desires. Here is a story of Salome Samperu, a young and vibrant woman who is impacting her community through her skills and knowledge. She is married and currently has five children who she cherishes and loves so much. Her story begins from when she was a little girl with dreams and beaming  desires to study to her level best and become a doctor. This was hindered by financial constraints and other life challenges. She only got to study up to class eight after which her brothers married her off at the age of 21. As a Maasai woman during those times education did not hold so much water as it has now with various interventions. One of the things that she is thankful for is that, even with the arranged marriage she did not end up with an abusive family.

“Even in her new position as a wife, she continued working hard and taking care of her home.  In 2014, she went to a seminar for women and that is where she was trained on how to make soap.”

 

She remembers writing down all the steps in her notebook which later helped her in sourcing for the chemicals required to start. She started by hawking around Bisil town and now she takes orders from her customers. She has also benefited from the pandemic, since the demand for soap is now high with emphasis on washing of hands and observing hygiene. She is amember of the Village Economic Empowerment fraternity in charge of the water project in Long’osua. She is grateful for the benefits that she has been able to receive through child sponsorship and other livelihood projects. Through VEE she has also received training on Water, Sanitation and hygiene that has helped her grow her soap business within the community. In the near future once the sorting house is constructed, she will be able to improve on her beading skills and hopefully diversify/ increase her sources of income.

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