I am 45 years old, a father of 10 and a resident of Navakholo sub-county in Kakamega county. I had long yearned to pursue an education beyond primary school where I dropped out after my father died. When the Government announced the advent of Free Secondary Education in 2008, it was a dream come true for me. Through many challenges I finished form four, age notwithstanding.
In the 2016/2017 academic year I finally joined Masinde Muliro University Science & Technology as a self-sponsored student. This presented a new challenge for someone like me, who was eking out a living from tailoring and the occasional casual jobs. Luckily I got this information through media where HELB were talking about helping needy students. In 2017, I managed to approach the HELB officers at the Kakamega Huduma Centre, and they advised me appropriately, so I applied and got the Kakamega County HELB Loan.
I am now looking forward to my graduation, a proud reference point for my children and a firm believer that with a good education, I will be able to participate in the economic development of the country. I believe that I am destined to change lives, be more independent and maintain my family better. With the support of the County and HELB, I hope to proceed to a Masters, and maybe even more than a Masters.