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 Pamela:
Pamela always wanted to learn ICT, but her high school did not provide any courses. Thus, she jumped at the opportunity to attend Women and the Web trainings, and then went on to not only be a training volunteer, but a paid trainer, and then one of the program’s hardware technicians.
She loves to fix things and put things together – she makes sure that the computers and power supply are in good shape before each training, thanks to skills she has learned on the job and through Intel Education Service Corps, who come to Matete to help troubleshoot hardware and install the latest software.
Her plan is to pursue a technical degree at a college in Eldoret, when she is able to afford it, and then bring that knowledge back to her community. People have been supportive of her goals, and recognize her as the local expert. She’s quite the role model, as this clip demonstrates: