Out of school, struggling with her emotional trauma, and pressured by her peers, Alice ended up getting married. But the hardship was not over. The high cost of living in urban settlements surpassed the family’s ability to keep up with basic needs, like paying for food and rent. Alice’s husband works as a carpenter, but it’s not easy to find a job, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make the situation even more challenging, their 1-year-old son needed to follow a strict nutritional diet after developing malnutrition-related complications and had to stay in a hospital for seven months.
Alice’s life began to change when she joined the Imarisha Jamii project. With funding from UNFCU Foundation, AVSI-USA partners with AVSI Kenya to support adolescent girls and young women in urban refugee communities as they build a path out of extreme poverty by engaging in business skills training and income-generating activities, like dress-making, baking, cooking, and detergent making.