They call it waste but I see treasure. Carlette Chepngeno.
Posted On September 28, 2017
This week we are back in the 254. I got to meet and engage with Carlette Chepngeno, a well poised young woman of indomitable spirit.
I am what they call an ambivert though I tend to lean more to introvertion. When I meet an outgoing person who is never a bore, I adore such moments and the contagious smiles. And this describes Carlette.
She is passionate about improving sanitation in her community and all matters related to empowering the girl child.
I grew up in the village in Kericho. It was very remote, far from the center of population or any civilization.
My mum was a teacher. She always bought me shoes but it was so weird being the only child wearing them at school.
I would remove them immediately after leaving home and hide them in my bag.
I also enjoyed walking bare feet and exploring the mud, dust and water. I must confess, It’s one of those secret habits I still have.
Oh Carlette, you are not alone. My obsession of dancing in the rain bare feet never fades.
Her dream of pursuing public health in university did not mature following discouragement from close ones of how hard it was to secure employment. She pursued Business Management instead.
It is interesting to me that I still found my way in to the public health sector. I used to apply for jobs that I wasn’t qualified for and ended up getting them. That was God at work.
I have worked for various organizations specializing in sanitation marketing.
I could never imagine a career that has nothing to do with the environment.
I currently work at Sistema where we help farmers transform waste to resources in form of bio gas and bio fertilizers through biodigesters.
I love being a part of improving life for farmers by offering solutions to their daily needs.
Farmers play a huge role in food security and we must help make their lives better.
I have seen tens of families impacted. The women don’t have to deal with smoke when cooking hence health benefits, and social & environmental benefits. How cool is that.
When I got selected for the YALI RLC fellowship, I was beyond excited.
My perspective about Africa changed. I made connections with other participants from other African countries.
My vision is to establish a social enterprise focusing on matters related to the girl child and more so on menstrual hygiene.
This is lacking in most rural and informal settlements. It is a course that I am actively engaged in.
This gutsy young lady encourages the youth to never give up. To pursue their heart desires and make others pay for them. To create impact and lift others up.
There’s nothing like I can do it all by myself, we must intend to learn synergism.
If you are interested in environment and sanitation matters, engage Carlette over her favorite meal of Ugali Managu and some mursik.