Linet Aguma KweyuFounder & Director
Linnet was born and bred in Kenya and struggled through education due to poverty, but despite that, she made it through. Her parents died of treatable diseases and as the 11th born, she was left helpless and hopeless.
Now a mother herself, Linet believes that had her parents received formal education, they would have made better choices leading to a better life. All in all, she is grateful to her parents for providing her with the little that they could. They gave them hope and taught them to put their trust in the Lord- elements that made her and her siblings become better people in the society.
Life was difficult. They could barely afford food or decent dressing. After high school, Linet worked as a house help to raise college fees. She was able to save towards a secretarial course- stage 1. Due to lack of fees, she couldn’t pursue stage 2. Luckily, Linet secured a job as a receptionist at a law firm.
God blessed her with a caring husband who supported her education. She joined a catering college in Nairobi (Kenya Polytechnic)Thereafter, she got a job as a cook. She saved part of her salary towards her passion- empowering girls and women in the community.
On realizing her passion, Linet’s husband supported her to study social work at the University of Nairobi. Upon graduation, she got a job with a religious institution as a field officer overseeing social work in Korogocho slum in Nairobi at Comboni Missionary Sisters Health Project. She wanted to do more. Driven by her love for education and need to change the society, she embarked on a saving project. She raised enough money to see her through a degree in Counseling Psychology at the same institution of higher learning. She graduated in 2012. She was able to get another job with another religious institution- Caritas Nairobi- where she worked up until June 2016.
Since then, Linnet has been answering to a call to assist girls, teenage mothers, and women in her community. Through JALI Sisters, she and a number of other individuals, train women leaders from different churches forming strong fellowships and empowering them spiritually. She now oversees the operations of JALI Sisters fully, after resigning from her jo at Caritas Nairobi in early 2016.
“It is wonderful to see some teenagers that we have mentored and sponsored grow to become confident, independent minded young women who are making a positive impact in their families and communities,” Linet says. She adds: “they have now become peace agents, mentors, and ambassadors of Christ. With God, Everything is possible!”