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 Elizabeth:
Elizabeth came to the interview with two children whom she is now teaching ICT skills to — ever since graduating, she has been giving back to the community by training the youth to become digital citizens. She is a tireless advocate for women’s and youth ICT training, and her awareness-raising efforts have been noticed and commended by the Ministry of Education.
She would like to see the local government open up ICT training centers for trainers, women and children. She stressed that these centers need to be free as connectivity is an issue in Matete. Often she buys Internet bundles on her phone, but due to the slow connection and the complexity of most websites and applications, her airtime runs out before the sites can be loaded.
When she is able to connect, she uses Facebook, What’sApp, and World Pulse. Her personal and professional ICT goals are to learn more about graphic design so that she can create cards, calendars, and a variety of paper and electronic goods. Here she talks about her favorite part of the Women and the Web training (translation by Grace Githaiga).