The Regional Program Managers (RPM’s) each oversee their region of 6-11 women’s groups. In this role, they directly support each group leader and work with the groups to help determine their primary problems, set goals and objectives, and decide what income generating activities they will help them to reach their financial targets.
Women teach one another new income-generating skills through peer-to-peer relationships, such as: tie-dying cloth, making soap, drip irrigation gardening, and making bags, purses, and ropes from the sisal plant. Leadership development and training is done monthly in the groups by the RPMs, teaching the women good hygiene, nutrition, how to save and manage their own money, accurate bookkeeping, group savings such at Table Banking, marriage & family guidance, and how to lead a group meeting.
Leadership development occurs as the RPMs and group leaders live “life upon life” as role models, being God-fearing, responsible, transparent, and respectful toward others. They demonstrate good relationships with their group members teaching each of their members, by word and example, at their various levels of understanding and capability.
Path From Poverty matches the number of scholarships the women’s groups themselves support in Kenya. Currently, to the neediest in their community.two regions are supporting the education of secondary school girls and, in turn, we are doing the same. This is a beautiful example of how women’s groups choose to see beyond their own families’ needs,
In 2018 two of our scholars, Hellen and Berita successfully graduated from secondary school. This year Path From Poverty continues to provide scholarship support to Teresia and Emmaculate, and a newly adopted scholar, Faith.
This cycle of change continues as women raise daughters and sons who now have the knowledge and experience of overcoming poverty. Communities are affected as women share the opportunity with others.
Emmaculet Mutheu. She is now 19 years old, and has two brothers. Emmaculet and her siblings are orphans as their parents died 2011. She is now at Utangwa Girls Secondary School and "loves to serve God" in her church.
Helen and Teresia
Teresiah Mwende Katiku
Teresiah is a Path From Poverty scholarship student in her final year (Form 4) at Kiatineni Secondary School. Although Teresiah has brothers and sisters, she is an orphan with no home, so Path From Poverty also assists with Kiatineni boarding fees, meals, and clothing.
Teresiah’s situation was identified by the local Path From Poverty Women’s Group, Baraka, in the Tulimani region and she was referred to us for assistance starting at Form 1. We recently visited with Teresiah at her school where we were told she is a “dedicated student with an open heart”. Teresiah aims to become a doctor, nurse or pharmacist – following in the footsteps of other scholarship students who continue to show young girls in their communities what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
Faith is a new Path From Poverty scholarship student referred to us by the Mbooni Regional Program Manager. She is an orphan whose parents passed away when she was young. Together with her two younger brothers and sisters, the family is currently being raised by their grandmother.
Faith was supported through primary school, by a local church. She excelled in her studies and received high grades when sitting for the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. Due to a lack of familial funds, Faith was unable to continue secondary school studies – thankfully, she was brought to our attention as a hard worker who will excel when given support. She recently wrote to us: “I am taking this opportunity to thank you for supporting me. I promise that I will not fail you. I will do my best to achieve my goal. May the Lord bless you.”
Petronila Mwende is currently sponsored by a Path From Poverty Women's Group in the Mbooni Region of Kenya. She is a second-year student at Kyanguma Secondary School. She is a bright student that is excelling in school with the love and support of the Women's Group.