My family’s helper told me “being single” is her greatest challenge. She showed me an incredible Kenyan welfare group that supports single women.
When I asked Dorine, the helper who lives with my family, about her greatest challenges, she quickly responded: “Being single.”
I decided to explore this phrase and visited her at her own home, in Kawangware, Nairobi. When there, she introduced me to her main source of emotional, financial support and camaraderie — her welfare group, or chama.
It was clear that this camaraderie gave economic independence to her and to the many strong women involved.
Filmed: Nancy Makacha, Nancy Muhonja, Rose Odongo, Dorcus Odongo, Rose Imbwaga, Rachel Amoyi, Margaret Odongo, Evelyne Makacha, Jaqueline Ngairo, Rebecca Odongo and Rispa Odongo
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Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Abigael Abuga is currently a first-year student at the African Leadership Academy. She is passionate about music, film-making and worldwide gender equity. As a feminist, she plans to study Chemical Engineering in order to empower girls in Kenya to pursue more STEM-based careers.