A hard working Kenyan, Brendah Kilimo Chesir is not just working to make ends meet, her desire to excel in brick making is a great way of breaking cultural barriers.
As an undergraduate student studying English Language in Kisii University, Eldoret campus, Chesir was forced to drop out of school in her first year, following her inability to pay the fees.
Left with no other option or source of income, she was forced to return to her home in Chesongoch Village, Marakwet East to source for funds, ruling out crop farming as a result of unfavorable weather conditions in that geographical area.
Chesir was motivated into brighter making about a year ago by a neighbor, an idea which she took as a great opportunity and forged on with, regardless of what people would say.
Although quite tedious the brave girl forged on with the back-breaking labour, determined to make a name out of it. She had to struggle to manage her time as she had to spend all her time sourcing for a suitable market and ending up too tired to meet up with other obligations.
The venture has since grown since its time of conception, producing over 700 bricks per day and through it, she has been able to save enough to pay up to two years of her educational fees.
“this venture motivates me that hard work pays and I have learnt that God rewards those who sweat to eat”she said.
Her relative Peter Cherop expressed his amazement at dogged determination to succeed.
” the thought of venturing into brick baking was solely her decision. I only assisted by making two wooden brick holders to carry the mud. She broke the cultural barrier”.
Chesir is breaking the cultural barrier of her small community, to the bewilderment of the villagers, creating milestones in areas formerly dominated by men.
We Celebrate Your Courage And Diligence Chesir! KEEP GOING