Story Of Maseno University Student Doing Kazi ya Mjengo to Pay Rent

The story of Stephen Njuguna, a third-year student of Maseno University cuts an image of a young man determined to accomplish his dreams at any cost.

Despite being being a beneficiary of Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) students’ loans, Stephen has been forced to do some odds job to cater for some other needs.

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Njugush hails from a humble background. Having brought by a single mother, he says he cannot fully rely on her to do everything.

I am from a very humble background. I do participate in kazi ya mjengo during the holidays,” Njuguna says.

I have been brought up by a single mother. We are a family of two siblings, my older sister and I. I remember my older sister made a sacrifice and decided to drop out of school because our mother couldn’t manage to sustain both of us. Unfortunately, she became pregnant and gave birth to a kid. I could see how hard our mother worked to support us all. I made a resolution to do anything possible to lessen the pressure on her.” He added.

On a good day, Njugush makes Ksh. 500. He uses a portion of the amount on boarding, transport, and food.

Once in a while, Njuguna helps his mother clear their household’s rent. This put a strain on his finances, forcing to sacrifice some learning hours to hustle.

When not in Mjengo, Njuguna carries luggages and loads at a fee at Maseno market.

I reside i n a KSh15,000 rent per semester. I use Helb money to cover part of my school fees and my mother pays the balance. Once in a while, I also carry loads at a fee at the Maseno market to at least get some money for supper.”

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