Your Support was an ‘Eye Opener’
Skills and Development
Beline Perry was on-boarded in the skills for jobs program under the Novice Cohort II category at YMCA in January 2022. She is 26-year-old and a second child in a family of 3, Perry and her siblings lost their parents at tender age and were taken in by their grandmother. All through her life, Perry had always strived to work hard in her studies to support her grandmother and her siblings. She had even managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Enterprise and Management degree at Egerton University."
Things however didn’t turn out as easy as Perri had anticipated, getting a job after her graduation had proved to be a struggle. “Despite making hundreds of applications, no jobs were coming forth which made me feel very discouraged. My grandmother also felt like I wasn’t doing enough.” From her childhood passion in hairdressing, Perri decided to establish a small saloon where she could keep herself busy and to make a little earnings for herself. As her customer base grew, so were their demands. Perri noticed that majority of her clients were in need of beauty services including; makeup application, manicure and pedicure settings.
It was then that she learnt of the skills for jobs project in Kisumu. She applied and got enrolled at YMCA. Perri has learnt to express her creativity in the field of beauty therapy. She committed to the 3month technical training to the extent of closing her small business to attend her classes."
Perri successfully sat for her NITA grade III, government trade test and has fully embarked on her Salon. She has also offered an employment opportunity to one of her colleagues from YMCA. She currently sponsors her youngest sibling who is a student at Kisumu Polytechnic “I am very grateful to Pamoja for Transformation and her donor for the opportunity to study and the gift of Hair Drier machine. I now have skills in Beauty Therapy and equipped to offer competent services to my clients. I would wish to tell my fellow young people not to wait to be employed. Employment opportunities are quite few, but with our own hands and hard work, we can contribute to create such opportunities for ourselves and others” Beline Perri"