A personal testimony from beneficiary of the IntraHealth International supported loan fund for medical training

“I am a first born in a family of four. My mother was a nurse but had to retire early due to illness. My father died when I was in class seven and from this point my education became very difficult. Things however got worse when I joined form one as most of my relatives withdrew from supporting me.

After I did my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education I was invited to join several good boarding schools but couldn’t join due to lack of school fees. I had to settle for a local day school.  I worked hard and attained a mean grade of B- which was good enough for me to join any college but again lack of funds was a major hindrance.

After form four I did many odd jobs including selling fish on the shores of Lake Victoria to make a living for myself and also for my family. It is while selling fish that I met a man who tricked me and even convinced my mother that he had a relative in the armed forces and would help me get into the military. I went with him to North Eastern province of Kenya but he never managed to get me into the armed forces as promised. I returned home expecting a baby. I went back to the fish business but this time determined to save myself from poverty.

Catherine is now a health worker in Siaya county and is making a difference in the community.