Bungoma town is growing daily like any other town in Kenya. There are garages where ladies are showing interest in the mechanical field. This being a male-dominated industry, a local woman has gained fame as hard-working and very skilled in the industry.
Rose Literian, 35, dropped out of school in order to focus on her role as a housewife, mother, and homemaker who had lost hope in life after being discouraged and facing stigmatization she faced while at school. Through the USAID Youth empowerment and the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities(KYEOP), Rose changed her story from nobody to somebody.
A three-month competency-based training program, offered at that garage where she is now employed, inspired her to try something new and become a mechanic.
Her decision to resume her education surprised many including family and friends who thought she is insane.
"They could not believe that I was doing Mechanic as a career that will be my whole life job. They thought am insane." She said.
Being a hard-working lady in the industry, the garage decided to offer her a job, her communication skills and customer relations made many believe that she can do the job.
She added that another lady joined her in the process whom they have worked together but now she is on maternity leave but she will join them soon.
KYEOP program has helped many to change from their negative perception of looking for white-collar jobs and do what they are passionate about to earn their living.
“As a result of her passion in the industry our facility has seen a constant increase in enrollment in rising of potential female gender students seeking to pursue mechanics course,” said David Masinde, her mentor and garage instructor.
She said that she has a dream to open her own garage one day and mentor other females take this job to be for the male gender.
" I will use the little salary that I have been saving and from other sources, I wish to open my own garage and train more ladies in this Chauvinist society and be remembered for that one day,” Rose said.
She said that she has been doing well before the Coronavirus pandemic but during this pandemic, money is scarce.
" I have been doing well with no harassment from my colleagues and we have been making profit and progress in the industry. However, During this coronavirus pandemic, we are not making a profit as it was before." Said Rose.
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