Naibartuni Cecilia Siparo is one of the seamstresses in our Enkiteng Program in Enoosaen. She joined the Enkiteng Program in summer 2015 and started learning how to sew by making Enkiteng bags (cloth gift wrapping bags) using donated fabric. She has now graduated to making the Enkiteng bags out of Kitenge fabric, as well as new products such as Kitenge knapsacks, shopping bags, wrap-skirts and other products made of Kitenge. In 2019, she also participated in our Pamoja program, where the seamstresses learned how to make all the garments of school uniforms and other products that they will be able to sell in Kenya, becoming independent seamstresses.
She lives in Oldabash, about 1 hour walking distance from Enoosaen. She lives with her husband and their 7 children. Her husband only works to support his drinking addiction, and he does not contribute to family budget.
Her formal education ended in Class 3 (elementary school). She wants a different life for her children – all of them are attending school, and she is expecting them to finish university.
In addition to her income from the Enkiteng Program, she has a dairy cow and sells the milk on the market.
When asked about how she would like to change her life, she said she wants to continue working hard so she can afford food and the school tuition for all her children. She would also like to build a latrine, as her family does not have one yet. She wants to learn how to sew clothes that she can then sell in Kenya, such as school uniforms.
When asked what she would like to change about her community, she responded: “I would like to abolish drinking in town. Young boys start drinking cheap home-made alcohol and their lives are getting ruined over this. They are going blind, sick and dependent on alcohol.”