Margaret’s Story

Last week we shared the success of three graduates from Nairobi Seed of Hope. Thanks to an exciting new leather project that we are about to start work on, Sherry met with Margaret who graduated from Kariti Seed of Hope just last year.

When she joined Seed of Hope, Margaret was living with her grandparents after her mother passed away. Being elderly and not working, they were unable to pay for her secondary education so she was forced to drop out of school. Margaret’s grandparents wanted to give her the best in life so they encouraged her to join Seed of Hope to get skills in dressmaking, fashion and fabric design. She graduated in 2013 after the two year course.

After graduating, Margaret stayed at home for two months waiting to join the Roots business programme which helps graduates set up small businesses. As she waited she was offered a job as an instructor in a nearby polytechnic teaching dressmaking but sadly she only worked for two weeks before the institution was shut down. Margaret decided to travel to Nairobi to seek greener pastures. Luckily she got a job and is currently working in a boutique where they sell both new and custom made clothes.

Margaret does not earn huge salary but with the little she earns she is able to support her two siblings who are in primary school. She is working hard to save enough money so she can establish her own business in the future which will enable her to educate her siblings to secondary level. As her parting shot Margaret said ‘I am grateful because Seed of Hope gave me the opportunity and dignity to have a better life.”

Margaret is using her training from Seed of Hope to change her life and the lives of her siblings. Please support Seed of Hope so that more youths can have the opportunity to do the same. Join our sponsorship programme or make a donation today.


By Kirsty

Kirsty is our Fundraising and Communications Officer and she joined Vision Africa as Fundraiser in 2008 after volunteering with the organisation for over one year. She is based full time in Kenya. Click here for full bio