Senior scholar Jemimah Peters

Jemimah tankKitui County in Eastern Province is known for its dry weather and unreliable rainfall.  When Jemimah joined PATHWAYS four years ago she knew that the one thing she could do to help her community improve their income was to help provide a reliable source of water. Last month, Jemimah’s project came to fruition with the completion of their underground water tank (10,000 liters).  This will help not only with the growing of crops, but with education because children will not have to spend study time fetching water.  Well done Jemimah and her community group!

Alumnus Monicah Wairimu visits scholar’s project


Shadrack's projectMonicah reported, “It was indeed great to visit Shadrack’s mentoring project at Mtoni Primary School in Matunda.”

The project has 30 mentors helping 19 students realize their potential. The school administration and teachers are very involved in and supportive of this PATHWAYS project led by first year scholar Shadrack Shitseswa. Mentors have provided lunch money, uniforms, books, and shoes for the students. Unfortunately, the money allocated to pupils by the government towards free education is minimal, so it falls to the parents to make up the difference.  Thus, everyone is grateful for the support to the students from the mentors.  Monicah said, ” The mentors have made a difference in the lives of those pupils.”

PATHWAYS alumnus appointed to Global Brand Platform

Levis Maina, PATHWAYS alumnus (2005-2009), has been appointed to the Global Advisory Council of the 2014 World Brand Congress. The council provides strategic guidance to the scope and content of this global brand conference along with nominating outstanding organizations and individuals for the Global Brand Excellence Awards.

Levis joins an intellectual gallery of top achievers that include: Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.com, Joseph Michelli-Author of Starbucks Experience, Wendy Becker-Group CMO, Vodafone, Nirmalya Kumar-Professor of Marketing, Harvard among others.

The World Brand Congress is the single largest rendezvous of the World’s most successful brands. This year, the congress takes place on the 31st of July in Singapore.

While at the University, Levis’ project focused on promoting a culture of volunteerism among students through the Hands On Kenya program.

Levis holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Nairobi, where he graduated top of the class. He is currently the CEO of Sullivan Marketing Ltd and the Founding Chairperson of the Africa Brand Summit™, initiatives which have been inspired by Pathways values of responsible leadership. He hopes to use his appointment to showcase the success of African Brands at the global stage.  For more information, you can visit:www.worldbrandcongress.com

Visit to Catherine Kabaire’s project

DSC00169Monicah Nyambura, PATHWAYS alumni and Outreach Coordinator, accompanied by third year scholar Eunita Akim and first year scholar Vivian Achieng, visited first year scholar, Catherine Kabaire’s project in Nakuru.  Her 10 member group, Imani Women’s Group, has several projects aimed at improving their income and economics of the community.   These projects include poultry, farming, a merry-go-round which is a small savings and loan, bead making, shoe polish and body oil.  Monicah says, “Catherine’s projects are viable and have a great potential to grow. The main challenge has been a market for the products, proper packaging and a shortage of water in the area. We will work to advise Catherine on how best to solve the issues.” See photo of Catherine, Imani Women’s Group member, Vivian and Eunita displaying beaded purse at left. Catherine and her group are off to a tremendous start.  Well done!

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