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Joyce Khalechi

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She is 26 years with physical disability and lives in Kayole. 

She got to know about ADDA from one of her close friends.

She was assessed by the ADDA project officers, who established her interest in leather work, from which she was placed at Alive and Kicking in 2016. 

Through the EmployAble program, she has now gained skills that she is using to depend on herself. 

After the training, the company gave her a permanent job at the center, a move that she’s dearly thankful about. 

This has seen her improve greatly on her livelihood.

Subsequently, she has managed to save part of her income and she is now advancing her education.

She is a second-year student at Nazarene University taking a degree programme in Special needs Education.

Joyce is a very hard working young lady; however, she has not been immune to challenges.

She points out that stereotyping has been evident especially from people who are ignorant about the rights of people with disabilities.

She says sometimes there is infringement when using public transport. Touts are sometimes very harassing and use demeaning language and name calling. 

Her advice to fellow youths with disabilities is not to discriminate against themselves, so as to be able to work with other people with ease. Having passion for your work, dedication and believing in oneself are key attributes to success. She sums it up that they should remove disability from work and instead prove to the employer that like everyone else, PWDs can also work and produce equally better output as well.  

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