In September, program manager Revi Sterling and field coordinator Grace Githaiga visited the the World Vision APD office in Matete, Kenya, to talk to recent Women and the Web graduates. The graduates will be profiled over the months to come and have promised to stay in contact. Several Women and the Web past participants have found opportunities either in the ICT sector or because of the affordances of ICT. Several dozen have received microfinance funding to pursue new and enhanced livelihoods, and some have gone on to study ICT in more depth. These profiles demonstrate the impact of the Women and the Web program on the lives and livelihoods of thousands in Matete, in conjunction with the stellar training provided by World Vision.
Please meet Mercy and her printer:
Mercy may not have finished high school, but she has big plans. She was one of the first participants in the Women and the Web training, and as a member of the 1st cohort, has become an ambassador for the program.
Even though she says there were many “Doubting Thomases” when Women and the Web first started, she felt well-supported in taking the training. Now, she supports her family with her printer, which she takes everywhere with her in a smart-looking large suitcase. She prints exams and syllabi for the high school, and is saving to purchase a laptop and modem so that she becomes her own cyber cafe.
She tutors people in ICT and skills taught in the Women and the Web training, and is active on social networks. Mercy has learned how to reach out to the world and bring it right to Matete.
She’d like to see the government and county citizens to develop a cost-sharing model to support public ICT training centers. She also thinks that six weeks is too short for the Women and the Web training, as she explains here: