“Oyugis is a small town between Kisii and Kisumu in Western Kenya. The supplies went to the Rachuonyo District Hospital.
I first went to Oyugis, Kenya back in 2009 as a business student at Western University. I spent 3 months working in Oyugis on a probiotic yogurt microenterprise project with Western Heads East. It was a phenomenal life-changing experience where I found my passion in international development, social entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment. I returned to Oyugis in 2010 to continue my work with the project assisting with business development, marketing and sales, operations, and general management.
After working in international development for six years now, I continue to go back to Oyugis as often as I can (every year hopefully!) to visit friends, loved ones, the women I worked with, and the community. Oyugis is my second home. It is a small town with majority of the residents living in poverty. I’m inspired by the talented young people in the community and their future. I’m also inspired by the potential to change people’s lives with community development, job creation, improved healthcare and education, and more through creativity, enterprise development, and leadership.
The real impact: medical supplies are always in need especially at small public hospitals in rural areas. Medical supplies can save lives. However a more sustainable long-term solution is still needed.” – Amanda A, Toronto