Nafisa Ayuka


  • Bachelors of Education, University of Nairobi, graduated 2011
  • Hygiene and Economic Project: sanitary towels for adolescent girls and sewing training for women
  • Matsigulu Village
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

Nafisa is from a one-parent family with 7 brothers and sisters, being the only one able to complete secondary school. Nafisa’s project involved women and girls in her village. The women were taught to sew on sewing machines and concentrated on making children’s clothes and school uniforms. Women also learned to tend goats and sell the goat milk and to keep poultry and sell the poultry products. From 2008 to 2012, the average monthly income of the women increased from 0 to average of $6.50 and they invested an average of 20% of their income back into the project.Their increased income helps them pay their children’s school fees. In addition, young girls were taught to make reusable sanitary towels and share them with other girls. All girls reduced the number of school days they missed due to their periods each month from an average of 3-4 days to 1-2 days.


“..I am ready to rise up to the occasion and be on the forefront in revolutionizing my community and subsequently, my state. I have the zeal to improve the lives of many so that they do not have to undergo the same difficulties I have had to encounter.”

Nafisa is working as a secondary school teacher at a private school in Nairobi. She says, “Pathways has taken me to great heights academically, socially emotionally and as a young leader through the community projects. My community members can now engage in income generating activities to support their families. Thank you Deb, Dr. Mbaabu, Catherine and all the donors out there supporting the Pathways programme.”

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