Jane Kingasunye Kolgos (JKK) is one of the seamstresses in our Enkiteng Program in Enoosaen where she lives with her 6 children. Enoosaen is a small subsistence farming village in Transmara district in Kenya, about 30km South-West from Kilgoris. She joined the Enkiteng Program in summer 2012 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. She will also be one of the first seamstresses learning how to make new products such as school uniforms and other products that they will be selling in Kenya, becoming independent seamstresses.
In addition to sewing in the Enkiteng Program, she works as a cook in a local school, and is selling vegetables that she grows in her garden.
Since she started sewing in the Enkiteng Program, she started a bank account that she didn’t have before, saved enough money to buy a piece of land and built a house for her family to live in. Her newfound confidence has allowed her to imagine and pursue a better life for herself and for her family.
Before I joined the program I used to be a casual laborer. I am very happy now, because since I joined the program, I don’t struggle like I used to. I am able to pay school fees for all my children, buy food and clothes. I plan to continue helping my kids so that they can help me in future.