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One girl's journey to a well tailored future Featured

Written by Benson Mutuku
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Esther giving a motivational speech to other DREAMS girls at a DREAMS event in South B. She is wearing her own tailored design. Esther giving a motivational speech to other DREAMS girls at a DREAMS event in South B. She is wearing her own tailored design. Christine Muna

Esther Kendi was enrolled into the DREAMS Project in the year 2016. At the time of enrollment she was living in Fuata Nyayo village of Nairobi south ward and doing a small business of knitting and minor clothes repairs.

"When customers were hard to come by I used to do casual jobs like washing clothes for people to earn a living. After getting enrolled into the DREAMS Project, I started receiving services like HIV Testing Services (HTS), entrepreneurship training, financial capability training, and family planning among others. I gained knowledge on how to run my business properly. I also benefited from a business start-up kit which boosted my fashion and design business," narrated Esther.

Having been trained on entrepreneurship and financial capability, Esther was able to manage her business well, paying a lot of attention to record keeping and saving money. Esther also received cash transfer that helped her buy more stock for her business. After some time she had saved enough money and moved her business to Imara Daima. Being in a new location helped her expand her business and even venture in to selling of cooking gas with the support of her husband who also does casual jobs in the nearby industries.

Esther's growing enterprise is an inspiration to her peers. She is currently running three income generating activities to support her family.

"I am now running three businesses at the same time, earning an average of KES 10,000 net profit. I also have one employee who I pay on commission. I am now able to stand on my own two feet and provide for my family without straining thanks to the DREAMS Project. I am very grateful for the support I have received from HOPE worldwide Kenya that has truly changed my life for the better," concluded a resilient Esther

*DREAMS  means Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS – free, Mentored and Safe. It is an HIV prevention project that combines evidence-based approaches that go beyond the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. The project is funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which comprises of funding from the US government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare, through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

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