Rose Nerea Achieng
What is your occupation?
Dressmaker by profession
How did you come in contact with Dandelion?
I came into contact with Dandelion many years ago but I did not join dandelion until two years ago. These two friends of mine, Margret and Emma, were the ones that introduced me to Dandelion. At first, I was not interested since we have met with many NGOs and they have not taken us the way we expected. Emma and Margret came to me one day and invited me to see the CEO of Dandelion. When I was going there I knew I was not going to join dandelion for sure. But I went and we talked with Wendo and we talked for some time. I was seeing I liked whatever she was telling me but I was not sure. I invited my group members for information, I wanted to pass the information to them. They agreed that we would join so we made an appointment with Wendo and we went she talked with us so we joined.
How did your life look like before coming in contact with Dandelion?
In Dandelion, we do table banking but before I did not know how to handle money I could use it all. I did not know that maybe half is for loan or saving up or paying your goods. With Dandelion, we learned to manage and balance the sum of our money that we had. I am also a representative of people living with disability so in our group the Tegat Disabled Group, we formed it in 2006 until now we did not know how to save until we joined dandelion before we only had money to renew our certificate but now we are using it as well.Also, I did not know about the different family planning methods but I was thought on the different methods. When one talks about a method I am familiar with it now.
How did your life look like aftercoming in contact with Dandelion?
After joining Dandelion, I am empowered for sure. There were things I came to learn from Dandelion that I did not know before. Before I was just doing my tailoring and I could lack a lot of things. When I joined Dandelion, there was a coursewere we were thought when you get capital you start small. I was thought for some time that un top of my tailoring I could add my small business so I started with sweets, adding when I would get more capital and I added school items like exercise books, pencils. Still adding biscuits, nuts and eggs. I continued bring more and more items. All of this was in curtesy of dandelion because of the training. Before that I was only doing tailoring and I did not have any records but at least now if you come I can show you my records.
Have you been empowered in other ways as well?
I have really been empowered, right now we have a program called junkumu-langu (my responsibility) I think that is the one I like the most. In the program,we learn things to do with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender Based Violence. I learned a lot about FGM and I am still continuing learning and also about GVB. So, I have taken everything to be and I have learned about my rights. Right now, I can tell anyone or anybody about my rights and also to take care of another person rights. About FGM we are teaching others about the disadvantage of FGM and also GVB.
For example, there was a time were a couple was fighting just around my place on a Sunday and we had training on GVB that Thursday so it was still fresh in my mind. The man was beating his wife just outside my shop here so when I came out I found out people were standing they were watching now it rang through my mind this is what you have been thought on Thursday and I took it as my right or my responsibility. So, I went and separated them two I was in the middle getting beaten I got three slaps. But it helped since that time they have not fought again. I always see them the husband usually shy’s away but the wife comes to my shop. I went and talked to them. He beat his wife often it was an routine. I talked to the man two times. First, he was harsh on me but I told him I wanted to talk to him so we would square this thing but if you continue like this is not going to be your wife who is going to take you to court it’sgoing to be me. I will take you to court because you have beaten me so you should know is not just wife anymore it’s me and your wife so that’s when he started cooling down and I reported to Dandelion. Its ok now and it cooled down.