Frazier graduated from the NairoBits training program in 2013 and now works as the lead developer at the renown Logic company. Excelling was something that came easy to Frazier, having been ranked first in client projects while studying at Nairobits and securing an internship before graduation.
His discipline and hard working ethics was fueled by his want to better his life. Growing up in an area where a majority of the youth would idle or get into drugs and crime, he knew he wanted a different narrative for himself. NairoBits was the answer to this, helping him to focus on his education and grow the necessary skills required to get employment opportunities. He credits the training program for giving him a sense of goals and allowing him to take the leap into a better lifestyle for himself and his family.
His dream is to pass on the same opportunities he received to the youth in his community and instill the culture of hard work and collective responsibility.Read More
Wendy Achieng is a 21 year old bright hopeful about her future. She’s excited to be getting a second chance to pursue her dreams and is determined to live a better life. One that will enable her to support her family and most importantly, her two year old son.
Born in Ruaraka to a single mother, life wasn’t the easiest but they managed their day to day life. In primary school, Wendy was a brilliant girl, often topping her class. This got the attention of donors, who offered to sponsor her secondary education through a local organization. Her dreams of graduating high school were short lived when her family realized that the sponsorship money was being mishandled, which led to her dropping out as her mother couldn’t afford to pay school fees.
“I got bored and idle, feeling hopeless and battling suicidal thoughts. Soon after, i got pregnant” Wendy states, recalling the trying times. “I would go door to door looking for casual work to do so i could support my mom and son.”
It was on one of those days that she bumped into NairoBits youth mobilizers and quickly got interested. So much so that she applied the very same day. Soon after, she joined the institution and has been one of the most hardworking people in her class, enjoying web design in particular.
Wendy hopes to leave a mark in the ICT sector, noting that the opportunity that NairoBits gave her has changed her life. She’s graduating with a diploma in June and is looking forward to joining the job market and making her son proud in everything she does.Read More
Francis Gor is the brains behind BiAfrik, a bespoke African wear company that merges affordable fashion and the everyday African element. Francis is a class of 2012 alumni who grew up in Kibera with his siblings, after being orphaned early in life.
“Life became more challenging because my older brother had just finished high school and didn’t have money. But he took charge and managed to educate me through high school. I always knew i wanted to pursue an IT course after school, but we just couldn’t afford it. I had to work as a construction worker to make ends meet and to support us. I found out about NairoBits through a friend, and i quickly applied. I loved class so much that i would walk about 30 km a day from my house to school, for a whole 6 months”
“NairoBits gave me the strength to also pursue my passions, so I opened up BiAfrik. The entrepreneurship and life skills i picked up in class have helped me to scale my business. People can access my designs through my social media, which i know how to effectively run. My dream is to expand my company globally and compete with brands such as Vivo”Read More
Eunice Wairimu, our upcoming cohort graduate, is no stranger to hard work. She’s the first born of three siblings, raised by a single mother. Despite life’s hardships, her mother managed to educate all her children and meet their basic needs. Things took a turn when she got sick and hospitalized for a long period of time. It meant she couldn’t attend to her grocery shop, her only source of livelihood for the family.
Undeterred, Eunice started looking for a job to sustain her siblings and pay their bills. She got a job packing snacks in a factory and teaching young children as a volunteer. “I remember my neighbor coming to our place one day, excited about this school she had heard about from the area chief. She sparked my interest, and the next day, i went to the chief to find out more information. I immediately applied and was elated when i was accepted into the program”
In the beginning of the course, Eunice struggled with self-doubt, wondering if ICT was a career she could pursue despite enjoying it, especially because it was such a male dominated area. She made the choice however to continue on with her studies and has honed her skills as a designer. She has even managed to balance work and school, thanks to her mothers recovery and the trainers understanding her situation, working on weekends and attending school on the weekdays.
“I’m grateful to NairoBits for opening my eyes to a career i would have never thought of in my wildest dreams. I love seeing the look on my mothers face as i explain my projects to her. I know how happy she is that someone cared enough about my education and well-being to give me this opportunity. I feel like i can weather any storm that comes now because i’m educated, and that will always open doors for me”Read More
“People say that i talk about NairoBits too much. They wonder how everybody who passes through this program has this deep sense of gratitude. But when it’s the only thing that connects you to the life you want to live, how can you not realize how important an opportunity this is? How can you ever stop saying thank you?” -Faith.
Faith has been through enough struggles, coming from a low income single parent household. Her dreams of going to university collapsed even before they begun. They’ve slept many a day hungry and without a source of income, so she knew further education was a long shot.
” I found out about NairoBits through a family friend and never looked back. Going to school gave me a purpose, and thinking about my future in an office doesn’t seem like a crazy dream anymore. I’ve learnt web design and development, and no one can take those skills away from me. I’m about to be graduating with a diploma and i can develop a website from scratch! Something that i couldn’t do last year. ”
“I want to tell the ladies out there that nothing is impossible when you love what you do. I’m looking forward to growing my career as a developer and assisting my mother however i can”Read More
We first encountered Queen in 2017, during an interview for the SisTech 2017 cohort intake. Her shy demeanor was hard to miss, which was a characteristic she carried through her first course level. Growing up, she had always being the girl who kept to herself, and a good performer in school, doing well in her high school education. Lack of funds made it difficult for her to advance her education and she took to caring for her big family and hoping for an opportunity.
“NairoBits was the opportunity i had been praying for. I almost didn’t believe that there was a place i could read and learn at no cost. My family still doesn’t believe the change it’s had on me. Making presentations, group work and pitching to clients have slowly helped me gain my self esteem. I’m happy to know that i have the chance to make it big in tech. Last year, i couldn’t have seen this coming, but here I am, graduating with a diploma in web design and development. I want to become a design expert and help educate my siblings. I just want them to have the same opportunity that was granted to me” -QueenRead More
Patricia is a young go-getter who was one of NairoBits first students. As a youth leader and peer educator since she was 10 years old, she always sought opportunities that would her make her a better version of herself. When the opportunity to join NairoBits came along, she went after it.
She defines her time at NairoBits as comprehensive and easygoing, thanks to the trainers and her classmates, who made sure there was exchange of ideas and understanding of the topics. As a result, she established Trishiris Ltd, designing shirts for sale, even before she graduated.
After graduation in 2006, she secured an internship at 3Mice doing corporate websites, and was promoted to web developer all while still running her company.
Patricia’s ambitions have seen her achieve a lot of feats, from being appointed the first female CEO of a male premiere league club in Eastern and Central Africa, working as a consultant for USAID and founding Convict Women, an organization that helps vulnerable women in the prison system.
Training over 60 women in practical skills made her realize there was a gap in legislation of women empowerment and people living in informal settlements. She decided to run for the MCA seat in her Mathare community, where she had strong ties. Her door to door campaign bore fruit and she was elected into the seat, where she hopes to make adequate long term policies that will assist the community as a whole.
She leaves us with a parting shot – Get out of your comfort zone and do it. Look for opportunities, be curious and enjoy life.